InDesign to HTML5 Nearing Release

Justin | HTML5,InDesign | Friday, November 9th, 2012

Update (12/12/12): The product, now called in5 is now publicly available:

We’ve been adding features like crazy in the last few weeks. We’re on track to deliver the Kickstarter release by the end of November and public release in early December. Here’s a quick update on what we’ve added in the last 2 prerelease builds and what’s left.

Bonus Features

We tabulated the results for the (stretch goal) bonus features, and the 2 winning features are Lightbox for Images and Offline Storage. Offline Storage (caching) was implemented in build 7 and Lightbox for Images will be implemented soon. We also (already) implemented the following additional bonus features:

  • Embedded HTML (InDesign CS6)
  • Embedded Flash
  • Saved settings from last export

Build 7 Features Added

  • Mobile zoom (viewport setting).
  • SEO/Metadata: title, keywords, description, author can be set. These are automatically pulled from the InDesign file’s metadata (if there is any). There’s also a button to generate the most commonly used keywords automatically from the InDesign file.

Build 8 Features Added

  • Option to render individual items within groups or render groups as images (forces display fidelity for complex items, like items with blending modes).
  • Audio support (with or without controls). Poster image acts as a play/pause button when there are no controls. Include a Flash Player fallback for older browsers. Supports the looping option in the Media Palette.
  • Improved video embedding.
  • Application (offline) caching, including an options to store everything and everything except media files (audio/video). Allows the site/app to be reviewed when no internet connection is available (top-voted bonus feature).
  • Allow items to span across multiple pages (within a spread).
  • Two new Continuous scroll page formats added.
  • Ability to set Page Color and Background Color.


These are the remaining features we plan to tackle before release:

  • Rendering textframes as HTML text. (the last guaranteed version 1 feature yet to complete).
  • Render Rectangles as simple div tags (to save on file size).
  • Lightview – image gallery (top-voted bonus features).
  • Lightview – links.
  • Object states (primarily buttons–also highly requested, we’ll try to add this as another bonus if we have time before release).

For anyone who wasn’t able to back this project before it closed, our mailing list is the best way to stay up to date on the public release. We’re excited that we will be delivering InDesign to HTML5 to you in the very near future!

Screenshots from the Lastest Build


(Reposted from our Kickstarter update)


  1. So excited, can’t wait to get this!

    Comment by Greg Adams — November 9, 2012 @ 10:59 pm

  2. Glad to hear it! Thanks for your comment, Greg!

    Comment by Justin — November 9, 2012 @ 11:12 pm

  3. Hi,
    Please let me know when the funding will be open again… Is not possible participate this project more?

    Comment by Felipe — November 12, 2012 @ 2:27 pm

  4. Hi Felipe,
    The product will be available for purchase in 1 month.

    Comment by Justin — November 12, 2012 @ 4:30 pm

  5. Hi, we are a publishing company dealing with the pro audio industry.
    I am the designer for our company and currently use Indesign CS6.
    I have just created our yearly media-kit and incorporated a lot of multi-media and interactive features with in it, and thus exported the file as an PDF(interactive) and a Flash player swf file.
    This is fine on the desktop, but I need to be able to view the pdf file on and iPad, so my question to you is, will Kickstarter be able to do this via HTML5?
    I was wondering if I could possibly send you the files to see if they work, a ‘try before I buy’ if you will?
    Is there a confirmed date for the release, as I really, really need a solution for my boss???
    Thank you and kind regards,

    Comment by Adrian Baker — November 21, 2012 @ 10:14 am

  6. Hi Adrian,
    Our InDesign->HTML5 product will probably be a good fit for your project. It will be released in less than a month. We’ll offer a trial version so that you can test the output. In the meantime, you can sign up for updates via our mailing list.

    Comment by Justin — November 21, 2012 @ 4:11 pm

  7. Hi,

    I am working at a software development company and dealing with the conversion of an indesign styleguide into a website.

    I was wondering where I can get a version of your latest release.

    Thank you and kinder regards,


    Comment by René — December 12, 2012 @ 10:08 am

  8. Hi René,
    It’s available as of today:

    Comment by Justin — December 12, 2012 @ 6:58 pm

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