Split Text Extension for InDesign

Justin | design,extensions,InDesign | Thursday, September 25th, 2014

This extension is useful if you’d like to break apart text in order to quickly create buttons, animated sequences, or simply separate blocks of text that can be individually positioned.

Before and After using Split Text

This extension can split text into separate text frames by:

  • Paragraphs
  • Columns
  • Words
  • Lines
  • Manual Line Breaks
  • Tabs
  • Custom Text
  • or even Custom Grep Expressions

Split Text automatically remembers the last settings used and can be undone in a single step.

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Looking for the reverse? Check out Merge TextFrames.

How to Create Mobile Apps as a Non-Developer

Justin | design,HTML5,iOS,tips | Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

So you want to create a mobile app. Who doesn’t these days, right? But you’re not a hardcore programmer, and maybe your budget won’t allow you to hire one.

So how do you create an app for one or more of these platforms?

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Blackberry
  • webOS

Each one of these operating systems uses a different programming language, and each one is reasonably complex.

Is There Some Universal Language I Can Use?

Short answer: yes. It’s HTML, the language of the web.

HTML can easily be packaged into a mobile app for many platforms. One way to package HTML into an app is using the PhoneGap code library.

PhoneGap Build

PhoneGap BuildbotIf the idea of a “code library” sends shivers down your spine, fret not, because there is a web service called PhoneGap Build. PhoneGap Build has a friendly user interface and does most of the work on the server translating your content into apps, so you don’t have worry about “compiling” or other such developer activities. And, it’s affordable!

Getting Started

Lynda.com has two courses in their video library featuring PhoneGap Build.

Up and Running with PhoneGap Build

Watch the Up and Running with PhoneGap Build course on Lynda >>

Creating an iPad App with HTML5 and PhoneGap Build

Watch the Creating an iPad App with HTML5 and PhoneGap Build course on Lynda >>

Don’t have a Lynda.com account? Get 7 days of free unlimited access.

The Best Part of Using HTML: You Don’t Have to Know HTML

You don’t have to know how to code HTML (or JavaScript, or CSS) to create HTML content. You can use a visual tool like Adobe Dreamweaver or Adobe InDesign in conjunction with our InDesign to HTML5 exporter.

Bonus Tip

If you’re looking for a way create an app for an Amazon Kindle Fire, you don’t even need PhoneGap Build. You can submit your HTML content directly to Amazon and they’ll do the packaging for you.

How to Create a Multi-Issue Standalone App with Baker Framework

Justin | design,HTML5,Tutorials | Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014

The Baker Framework is pre-built, open source library for Xcode. The framework allows you to easily convert HTML and publish it to native iOS (iPad and iPhone) devices as a standalone app or as Apple Newsstand issues.

To build an app with Baker, you essentially drop your HTML into the books directory within the Baker project, update a few variables in Xcode, and you’re ready to publish.

It’s well-documented that you can create multi-issue app to work with Apple’s Newsstand app (i.e., publishing a new issue each month). What is less well known, however, is that you can publish a multi-issue standalone app.

bakershelf

To create this “catalog” page, all you have to do is drop multiple folders in the books directory.

bakerfiles

You now have a multi-issue app!

How to Create Scrolling Chapters for the Baker Framework Using InDesign and in5

Justin | design,extensions,HTML5,InDesign,iOS,Tutorials | Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Several in5 (InDesign to HTML5) users have asked about creating long chapters within their Baker Framework ebooks, so I put together the following video to demonstrate how this can be accomplished using InDesign and in5.

The technique in the video is enhanced by some additional features that have been added to a recent update to in5.

Baker-specific enhancements for in5 v2.1.3

  • Vertically scrolling (tall) pages within Baker now return to the top automatically when leaving the page.
  • Added script to merge multiple pages into a vertically scrolling (tall) page.
  • Switched on zoomable by default in book.json file for HPUB.
  • Removed viewport meta tag from HPUB thumbnail page.

The Baker Framework is a free code library that allows you to publish beautiful, interactive books (or magazine issues) to the iPad and iPhone.

To start creating ebooks from InDesign today, you can

  1. Download the framework and
  2. Get a free copy of in5 >>

Background Image Sizing and Automatic Mobile Viewport Scaling Now Available with in5

Justin | design,extensions,HTML5,InDesign | Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

We’re pleased to announce a few additional in5 (InDesign to HTML5) features to help create digital content.

Viewport Zoom is Now Automatic

A few months ago, I posted a tutorial on how to use one of the most powerful (but underutilized) features of in5: The Most Useful in5 Feature that You’re Not Using Yet – Scaling a Single Design to Multiple Devices – The Viewport Zoom Setting Explained.

Now that feature is automatically applied by in5. The new Let in5 Choose option is now the default Viewport Zoom setting in the in5 dialog. It automatically scales the viewport on a mobile device to match the document’s page size (except when the Liquid Page Format is used, then zoom is set to 100%).

New Background Image Size Options

There’s now a menu for the background image size for both the document and the page.

Cover

The Cover option will fill the entire space (document or page).
cover

Contain

The Contain option will make the image as large as it can be and still completely fit in the available space.

contain

Other updates in v2.1.0:

  • Added support for Object Export Settings within Scrolling Frames.
  • Added support for drop shadows around Scrolling Frames.
  • Added support for Buttons within Scrolling Frames.
  • Fixed animation with modified motion paths.
  • Fixed issue with horizontal/vertical lines thinner than 1 pixel not rendering with Liquid Page format.
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