in5 v2.4 Adds Easy Analytics & Social Sharing

The latest version of in5 includes some big updates that should make several tasks more accessible to designers. It’s been possible to add custom code to in5 output for quite some time, but if you’re not used to working with code, there’s definitely an intimidation factor. With version 2.4, we’ve made it easier than ever to incorporate Google Analytics and Social Sharing buttons in your HTML (or app), without having to copy and paste code!

One-Step Google Analytics Tracking

You can now add Google Analytics to your in5 project simply by copying and pasting your Google Analytics Tracking ID into the in5 dialog.

Grab the Tracking ID from Google Analytics

That’s it! No more setup required. No need to even look at the tracking code below the ID.

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As soon as you post your HTML to a web server, Google Analytics will begin collecting data.

In addition to the basic tracking functionality, you can choose to monitor other events within the document:

  • Pages – lets you track which pages are viewed most and least often.
  • Button Clicks – lets you track how often buttons are clicked.
  • Audio and Video Playback – lets you see which media are being played in your document.
  • Social Sharing – lets you see how often your document is shared using the Social Sharing Buttons (more info below).

It’s free to sign up for Google Analytics.

Social Sharing Buttons

Have you created something with InDesign and in5 that you’d like people to share?

Now, a few checkboxes in the in5 dialog will do all the work for you.

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Fully functional buttons will then appear in your output.

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Super-charged Anchored Objects

InDesign does not allow you to nest a Multi-State Object (MSO) inside of another MSO. However, Keith Gilbert has shown us a great workaround. Start by anchoring one MSO inside of text frame. Then, paste that text frame inside another MSO. To support this workaround, we’ve done some work to add more feature support to objects anchored inside of text frames. In version 2.4, we added support for MSOs, Groups, and Animation on anchored objects (when rendering text as HTML). Previous versions added support for anchored Movies and Buttons.

Native Support For CSS Blend Modes

Web browser support for native blending modes (multiply, screen, overlay, etc) is just beginning to take hold. In the past, we’ve suggested this workaround for using blend modes in HTML output. Now, the latest version of nearly every major browser supports CSS-based blend modes, so we’ve added support for this within in5 version 2.4. If you’re targeting the latest browsers, no extra steps are involved to use blend modes in your output.

Additional Support for Font Weights

In addition to bold, in5 now supports the following font weights when text is rendered as HTML:

  • thin
  • extra-light/ultra-light
  • light
  • medium
  • demi-bold/semibold
  • heavy
  • black

Odds and Ends

Here’s the list of other improvements available in version 2.4:

  • Improved positioning of groups within groups within MSOs.
  • Improved ability to print from the web.
  • Optimized aspects of the JavaScript output.
  • Fixed Pantone duplication prompt when in5 dialog is launched.
  • Fixed layering issue when converting MSOs to Web Overlays for DPS.
  • Fixed Slideshow overlays that do not play or swipe due to case variation from the Folio Overlays panel.
  • Added looping support for Flash Player video.

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Justin | extensions,HTML5,InDesign,software | Monday, April 13th, 2015

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