We like to have a theme with each major update of in5. Version 1.3 is all about interactivity. Just like the previous updates, this one is heavily driven by user requests. The interactivity listed below is already built into InDesign, so there are no new panels or vocabularies to learn, just added support for some awesome InDesign features.
Multi-State Objects (MSOs) in InDesign allow you to create something akin to frames within a single object. That object can then be controlled by other elements on screen. The possible uses for MSOs extend far and wide, from slideshows to popups and user feedback.
It’s possible for a designer to create a highly interactive experience without coding by using multi-state objects, buttons, and forms (like this page created for the demo video below).
Shlomo Goltz, one of the original Kickstarter backers for in5, recently wrote an excellent article in Smashing Magazine, arguing in favor of InDesign as a prototyping tool because of its feature set. We couldn’t agree more. The video below shows how to create an interactive prototype entirely in InDesign (and exported with in5, of course).
Along with supporting MSOs, in5 v1.3 also supports the behaviors that can be associated with MSOs: Go to Next State, Go to Previous State, and Go to State.
Checkboxes, Radio Buttons, List Boxes, Combo Boxes, and Text (input) Fields (single- and multi-line) are now supported in the HTML output as well (see the demo above for examples). These elements, along with buttons, can now been shown or hidden in the in5 output.
Media Playback Behaviors
You can now control Movies and Sounds with separate Buttons. The following behaviors have been also added to control playback of Movies and Sound: Play, Play from Navigation Point (movies only), Stop, Pause, Stop All.
Here are the other features/fixes added to v1.3:
- Added support for Center and Bottom Vertical Justification of TextFrames
- Added support for Bookmark Page Destinations
- Added Include Hidden Layers option to the Advanced section
- Fixed issue with variable page size
- Improved right-aligned anchored objects
- Resolved issue with hyperlinks that have complex query strings
- Removed unneeded inline styling from TextFrames
- Resolved issue with button positioning introduced in 1.2.3
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