Create Epub Files From Apple’s OS X Lion

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Mac OS X Lion includes an Automator action, named Text to EPUB File that is designed to make it very easy to convert selected text or text documents into EPUB books.

Mac OS X Lion includes an Automator action, named Text to EPUB File that is designed to make it very easy to convert selected text or text documents into EPUB books.

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  • 1. Apple’s OS X Lion can create EPUB files
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    • The ability to easily create and share information is an essential requirement for businesses and classrooms alike. Since many computers and mobile media devices now support digital reader applications, the Apple-provided reader application is iBooks, and it supports the viewing of both commercial and non-commercial digital publications, including those created in the free and open Electronic Publication (EPUB) format.
  • 3.
    • Last year, Apple updated its word processing program Pages to enable the creation of EPUB files. Now it’s offering similar functionality as a standalone feature in its new OS upgrade, reports the website Mac OS X Automation:
  • 4.
    • Mac OS X Lion includes an Automator action, named Text to EPUB File that is designed to make it very easy to convert selected text or text documents into EPUB books, ideal for transferring to iPads and iPhones. Additionally, the created EPUB books can include images, MPEG audio, or MPEG video files.
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    • NOTE: If the source documents for the action are in Rich Text Format (RTF), any formatting they possess will be preserved, and display correctly in the EPUB document. Also, the action includes full Unicode support, so Asian and Arabic characters are preserved as well.
  • 6.
    • At present the operating system doesn’t include any services that use this action, so you won’t see it in the drop down menu of any apps. However, if you visit the above website you can download four ready-to-go Text to EPUB Automator services that you can integrate into your own copy of Lion—and then turn pretty much anything you can copy and paste into an ebook if you like.
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    • Document Parameters and Metadata of This Software: (NOTE: all of these controls accept Automator workflow variables as input)
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    • Title - Enter the title of the book in this text field.
    • Author - Enter the author of the book in this text field. By default, the name of the current user will be used.
    • File Name - Enter the name for the created EPUB document in this text field. EPUB file names must end with a name extension of "epub" like: My Story.epub
  • 10.
    • File Destination - Choose the folder that will contain the created EPUB document from this popup menu.
    • Cover Image - Optionally, the EPUB book can have a custom cover image. Select the image file to be used as the cover image from this popup menu.
    • Media Placement - Images, audio (.m4a), or video (.m4v) files added to the book are placed one per chapter at either the beginning or end of each chapter. Select the insertion location from this popup menu.
  • 11.
    • Scale Images - Select this checkbox if you want to reduce the file size of the EPUB document by scaling the images added to the book to fit within 1024 pixels.
    • Media List - A list of the added media files. Files can be added or removed using the controls beneath the list view.
  • 12.
    • By default, Mac OS X Lion does not include any services that use the Text to EPUB File action. However, the Text to EPUB Services collection available on this website contains four Automator services for converting text into digital books.
  • 13.
    • iPubsoft is a solid software developing conpany,who develops ebooks conversion and ebook drm removal software for people enjoying ebook on all kinds of devices.