Digital Publishing with InDesign: Types of Interactive Elements

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign,interaction | Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

DigPubIDCC one pageThis is a guest post by Sandee Cohen, adapted from Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC by Sandee Cohen and Diane Burns. This article highlights the methods for adding interactivity to an InDesign document.

Types of interactive elements that can be added to InDesign documents

  1. Links: Hyperlinks, Cross-references, Table of Contents
  2. Bookmarks
  3. Audio/video files
  4. Multi-state objects
  5. Buttons
  6. Forms
  7. Animations
  8. Page transitions
  9. Overlays

Each has its own particular uses, and some of the features may overlap. Before you start work, you need to decide which type of interactive element is right for your job or you could be stuck with an effect that can’t be exported for your finished project.

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Universal Scrolling Frames for InDesign

Justin | drawing,extensions,HTML5,InDesign,interaction,software | Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Universal Scrolling Frames From InDesign to HTML and EPUB

Adobe InDesign is full of wonderful interactive capabilities. The DPS Overlays panel adds several additional options, such as scrolling frames.

While this extra interactivity is supported by DPS, as well as our tool—in5 (InDesign to HTML5)—it’s not supported by InDesign’s native export formats: ePUB, HTML, and Publish Online.

In looking for ways for add this interactivity for all formats, I heard from many people that scrolling frames were a high priority.

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Update on the HTML into InDesign Project

Justin | extensions,HTML5,InDesign | Friday, November 27th, 2015

We previewed an extension idea a few months back that could Place HTML into InDesign for ePub.

We’ve been working on it ever since, but have run into several hiccups with InDesign. We’ve decided to put this project on hold for the time being and will incorporate some of the interactivity ideas into the next version of in5.

One of the top interactivity requests from EPUB creators was the desire to include Scrollable Frames in EPUBs (and potentially Publish Online documents). We’re working with Chad Chelius from InCopySecrects to make this a reality. Stay tuned.

Update: Scrolling Frames (for EPUB, Publish Online, etc) now available.

How to Collect Useful Information and Solve Problems Faster

Justin | articles,tips | Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

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Problems are usually reported by clients or end users.

After all, if you already knew about the problem, it would probably be fixed, right? 😉

In this article, I’ll show you some ways that you get info from end users to help solve your problems faster.

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in5 v2.6 – The Hidden Gems Release

Justin | extensions,HTML5,InDesign,software | Monday, September 21st, 2015

hidden gem icons

Version 2.6 of in5 makes several improvements and gives you more ability to control the output.

These improvements come without any visible changes to the user interface, hence we’re calling this the “hidden gem” release.

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