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Importing an exported InDesign layout to Inception

Importing an exported InDesign layout to Inception

This is step 4 of 4 of Exporting a layout from InDesign and importing it in Inception as a Story.

In this step, the exported InDesign layout is imported into Inception.

Step 1. In Inception, click New Story.

Step 2. Enter a name for the Story, choose a template and a due date (optional).

Step 3. Import the exported InDesign file by clicking Browse, navigating to your export folder and selecting all files.

Note: The folder is stored in the following location:

~/Desktop/inception-indesign-export

Its location can be changed in the configuration file.

Step 4. Click Create.

The Story is created by matching the exported content as much as possible to the available components. Any content for which no matching component can be found is added to the end of the Story.

Examples of how the content is imported

The following processes take place:

Process 1. The components that are available in the template are filled with matching content from the export.

Example: When a Title component exists in the exported content and in the template, the content is loaded into the Title component of the Story.

Process 2. Any content that could not be matched will be added to the first Body component. As many additional Body components will be created at the end of the Story as there are remaining items in the exported content.

Note: Content that has no type specified will not be imported. (This content is indicated as 'not mapped' and shown in red in the indesign-export-sample.html file, see above.)

Example 1

Import example 1

  • Title 1 in the export is matched to the Title in the template and is created as a title in the Story.
  • Title 2 in the export does not have a match in the template but is eventually added as a title in the Story.
  • The subtitle in the export is matched to the Subtitle in the template and is created as a subtitle in the Story.
  • The body in the export is matched to the Body in the template and is placed after Title 2 in the Story because of the order in the export.

Example 2

  • Title 1 in the export is matched to the Title of the Hero component in the template and is created as a title of the Hero component in the Story.
  • Title 2 in the export does not have a match in the template but is eventually added as a title in the Story.
  • The Subtitle in the export is matched to the Subtitle of the Hero component in the template and is created as a subtitle of the Hero component in the Story.
  • The body in the export is matched to the Body in the template and is placed after Title 2 in the Story because of the order in the export.
  • The following components in the template do not have a match in the exported content and will therefore appear empty in the Story:
  • Author in the Hero component
  • The Intro component
  • The Footer component
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