Version 1.5 is one of our biggest updates so far, with a heavy focus on text rendering and extensibility. What do these two things have in common? You’ll see in the video below. in5 also now has greater support for Overlays.
You can now do more with a trial copy of in5 (details below). Interested? Try it out.
If you want more details on this update, read on.
When you attach resources, in5 also adds metadata attributes (data-bookmarks, data-section, data-section-marker) to help you control appearance and functionality. The following video shows how the resources can be used to create a custom menu and alter the appearance of the output:
To download the view the output from the videos above, download the source files, or see more videos, check out the in5 demos page.
There’s a new text rendering option for in5. SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) preserves appearance and scalability, which is great for HD (retina) displays. SVG has been around for a long time and is compatible with most browsers.
We’re excited to support even more of the popular DPS Overlays–adding more interactive possibilities to your HTML5 output. in5 now supports all Overlays available in InDesign CS6, except the Panorama. In version 1.5, we’ve added support for the following Overlays:
- Web Content Overlay (URLs and local HTML files). Automatically grabs the dependent files when an Edge Animate HTML file is detected!
- Image Sequence Overlay. Great for controlled animations!
- Pan and Zoom Overlay. Highly requested!
*The support for Overlays was created to work starting with CS6. The overlays generated by the Overlay Creator panel from CS5.5 may not be supported, since they relied on different code. However, if there’s an Overlay you’d really like to see supported with InDesign CS5.5, let us know.
Custom Page Ranges
When both David Blatner and Keith Gilbert tell you that your product would be better if…it behooves you to listen. So we did! Now you can choose which pages (or Alternate Layouts) you’d like to export with in5.
The export range allows you to choose All Pages, a single alternate layout (if any are present), or a Custom range. When Custom is selected, a text input appears. This field is quite smart and supports the common
InDesign print/export conventions. For alternate layouts, type the layout name followed by a colon, and then the page number(s), e.g., “iPad V:1”. If using section numbering, type the section prefix in front of the number(s), e.g., “a1”. You can also type a plus sign (+) followed by the absolute page number. This is useful when your document doesn’t start with page 1. In addition to these conventions, you can also type “last” or “end” to represent the last page in the document, e.g., “+2-end”.
Version 1.5 also adds support for Text Shadows, as well as Drop Shadows and Inner Shadows on text frames rendered as HTML.
A big issue with the trial installation was that in5 previously disabled HTML text rendering until a serial number was entered. We’ve now added the ability the to export 2 pages with text rendering as HTML or SVG in demo mode, so that you can easily find out if the text rendering will work for you before you decide to purchase a license. Give it a test drive.
And here’s some more updates in version 1.5:
- Added the ability to hit the Enter key after launching to immediately run in5 using the settings present in the in5 dialog.
- Moved Slider initialization from document.ready to window.load to fix incorrect Slider dimensions.
- Added support for Type > Insert White Space > Nonbreaking Space when text is rendered as HTML.
- Fixed issue with arrow navigation displayed on HPUB thumbnail page.
- Fixed multi-state Button positioning within Liquid Layout.
- Improved the video initialization so that it now works in the Slider Page Formats on the iPad.
And a few interesting things included in the updates before version 1.5 that you might have missed:
- Multiple items now supported in Scrolling Frame Overlays.
- Support for No break.
Creative Cloud (CC) Compatiblity
We’re working on a CC-compatible version of in5. We hoped to have it ready for this release, but there’s still some work to be done. When the CC installer is added, the download will be a ZIP file, instead of an MXP. Inside that package, there will be the same old in5.mxp installer for InDesign CS4 through CS6, and a new in5_cc.zxp installer for InDesign CC. We’ll have that ready as soon as possible.
in5 Reviewed in InDesign Magazine
Keith Gilbert reviewed on in5 in the June/July issue 2013 of InDesign Magazine. Keith provided comprehensive coverage of in5’s strengths and limitations…at the time…and then version 1.5 addressed some of Keith’s feature requests. 😉
Then in Keith reviewed in5 again in 2018. You can download a copy of that full review.
Download the latest version of in5 and give it a try.
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