Using Separators for iBooks export

I’m having trouble figuring out how to use the Separators pane to create breaks only between chapters in iBooks export. Each of my chapters contains multiple folders, so it seems to me there is no way to avoid getting multiple Chapter Breaks. In addition, I currently have page breaks set in the Inspector to define sections within each chapter, for ePub format. I figure if I turn those off and rely on the Separators pane there’s no way to distinguish a true section break, or chapter break, from a coincidental sequence of folders. To put it another way, I’m stumped by the apparent fact that the Separators pane doesn’t see the level of files and folders.

I’m missing something, right?

Could you post a screenshot of your binder layout so we can see how it’s laid out? Depending on the configuration, someone can probably get you where you want to go but we’re working a little blind without it. :wink:

Sure, here’s a portion. Each chapter is a separate folder, obviously. Within that folder, sections are subfolders, and I’ve expanded one so you can see what’s in it. Subsections, plus text. I can’t see any specific sequence of folders and text files that would define a new chapter.

Hmm, my first thought would be to convert the sub-folders inside each chapter into text-stacks instead - just right-click on it in the binder and select “Convert to File”. The icon will change to a small stack of paper. This won’t affect the contents or sub-documents at all, and you can set up textstacks at each level to mimic folders in the “formatting” compile pane, but you’ll be able to use the folders to define the chapter breaks for iBooks export.

There’s probably other ways of doing it (and I’m sure someone will be along any minute with a much more elegant solution for you) but that should work. Hope it’s helpful anyway. :slight_smile:

Thanks. You’re suggesting that only the chapters be folders? And then in the Separator pane I can define a Text and Folder separator that will insert a Chapter Break before each folder?

Yes, exactly. If you change the sub-sections to text files, something like this should work:

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You’ll probably also want to use the formatting pane in compile to edit what shows up for the subfolders you’ve just converted (ie, whether you just want the title, whether there’s any text to include, etc).

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