Adobe InDesign is full of wonderful interactive capabilities. The old DPS/AEM Mobile (Folio) Overlays panel adds several additional options, such as scrolling frames.
While this extra interactivity was 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.
I worked with Chad Chelius to refine the CSS that would support scrolling frames in ePUB and Publish Online. Chad wrote up how to manually insert this code on epubsecrets.
Then I went one step further and created a simple panel that will let you control scrolling with zero coding.
The scrolling frame will work in ePUB (Fixed Layout and Reflowable), HTML, DPS, Publish Online, and in5. Thus I’ve dubbed it Universal Scrolling Frames.
The panel works with InDesign CC or newer. Does not work with interactive PDFs.
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I installed the Univ Scr Fr and worked well only the first test in one frame… it doesn’ work anymore… what happpened?
Looks like you were able to get things working after emailing with us. 🙂
I’ve been using “Universal Scrolling Frames” since so long in different versions of InDesign. Now I updated InDesign to the latest version (17.3) and don’t work. Do I need to wait for an Upgrade of the script?
Thank you very much!!
Hi there! I installed the file and it kept saying that it wouldn’t work with my version of indesign (cs6) so I downloaded the new extension manager for cs6 and it still doesn’t work. It still says it is looking for Indesign 9.0 or greater.
The Universal Scrolling Frames panel is only supported for CC versions of InDesign.
Hi Justin, how do I make the scrolling horizontal, because once exported to HTML5 it doesn’t scroll unless I use the touch pad but with a scroll wheel on the mouse nothing. could you please let me know, thanks.
How are you outputting?
If you’re using Publish Online, you can’t control the scroll wheel.
If you’re using in5, I could provide you with some custom code to attach.
Will this plug in be updated for Indesign CC v 15.0?
I will be releasing an updated installer soon. In the meantime, you can use the zxp file in the assets folder and this 3rd-party installer: http://zxpinstaller.com
Wonderful thank you
Hi, I have such a big problem, I have the latest version of InDesign, but when I installe the extension it tells me that there is not a compatible version of InDesing creative cloud, I have tried to download the EM but it doesn’t work neither. So I don’t really know what to do.
Just sent out an updated installer. Please check your email.
auto update of Indesign(huge pain)scrolling frame doesn’t work, tried to re-download but there is nothing online…are you working on a new version?
Just sent out an updated installer. Please check your email.
Hi there, I have followed all of the instructions and the program has installed without problems. However, my document doesn’t scroll in the epub. Could you please let me know how I can go about fixing this?
Hit the contact link above and send us your InDesign file. We’ll take a look. 🙂
Hi, auto update of Indesign(huge pain)scrolling frame doesn’t work, tried to re-download but there is nothing online…are you working on a new version?
I sent out an email recently with an update. You can use the download link in your original confirmation email. It will point to the latest version, which includes a 2020 installer.
How long does it take to receive the extension? I signed up yesterday. Thank you
It should arrive immediately. Check your spam/bulk folder.
This doesn’t seem to work when the InDesign file is exported with “Export HTML5 with in5” and output as “Web”. No scrolling and no scroll bar. Is this a limitation or am I doing something wrong?
Send us the file and we can take a look:
First off, love this scrolling frame script. It’s great 🙂
I’m using it for a simple ePub document with a really long scrolling image. Everything is working perfectly when I look at it in the Books app except it isn’t exporting the full length of the image. Is there a way to solve this?
Actually, thanks, I’ve sorted it out: operator error 🙂
Hi I was trying to use this feature for my Publication Class to make a mobile PDF of our publication.
I tried using hyperlinks and text anchors to help navigate and when published online the links are not translating.
Looking at my file it seems like the links can see the anchors because they are in the frame.
Scrolling Frames are not supported in PDF.
See this post for more info.
my plugin was working but now when I hide the scroll bar and publish it online it doesn’t work. What can I do?
Can you share the URL?
If you want to send it privately, you can do so here:
Hi, I have a big problem, I have the latest version of InDesign from creative cloud, but when I install the extension, and open the Universal Scrolling Frames panel in InDesign, panel don’t have commands or buttons to do work, but only instractions… Can you help me please?
Follow the instructions in the panel and the interactive elements will appear. They will only be available when you have a properly configured InDesign element selected.
I downloaded and installed the universal scrolling frame, but where do i find it inside indesign and how do I apply it to the container?
Can u help me?
during upload on “Publish on line” from Indesign, give an error. “Library:Application Support:Ajar Productions:scrollingframe:scrollingframe_epub.css”. What’s that? And how fix?
(Sorry my english)
See this article:
I have problems with the scroll when I export and open ePUB on Android. What could be happening?
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Sorry about that! Sign up page should be working now.
Hey Justin, im quite a newby. Scrolling frames seems not to work – I’ve tried it exactly the way described, but no scrolling happens. When I try to publish it online I always get the error: Ressource(n): 1 fehlt (missing)
Macintosh HD:Volumes:null:Ajar Productions:scrollingframe:scrollingframe_epub.css
and – no scrolling on the published site. What am I doing wrong?
That error is saying that the CSS that powers the scrolling frames is missing. It’s likely that the scrolling frame(s) in this file were created on a different computer/version of InDesign. To update, open the scrolling frames panel and re-apply the scroll setting to the frame (turn it off, then back on). When you export the EPUB, you can go in and remove the file path from the CSS files included (but leave the new one that was added when you toggled the scrolling frame back on). That will remove the error and cause the frame(s) to work in the output.
Hey Justin, thanks for your answer. I did as you told, but when exporting, there’s only one file path mentioned in the CSS section. And that one ist still missing while exporting. The file by the way is created on the same computer and version of InDesign as from where it is exported.
I’m noticing that Volumes is “null” in the file path. That would seem to be an issue with the machine or perhaps the InDesign installation.
is it possible to make scrolling arrows, not scrollbar?
To accomplish that, I would recommend using Object States + Buttons.
Is there a way to alter the thickness of the scroll bar, so it’s easier for users to locate and grab if they wish to control the scrolling frame this way?
It’s possible in some browsers, but not reliable across all browsers:
For some reason the scrolling frames aren’t working and the scroll indicators don’t show up. I am using the same file from 2020 in which the scrolling frames are working – I just made some minor coloring and image updated to the content within the frames. Help!
Please contact us here so that we can follow-up and troubleshoot with you directly: https://ajarproductions.com/pages/contact.php
Hi, when I publish online I get this message:
Resource(s) : 1 missing
Macintosh HD:MonicaHDmacbookair:Users:monicaprieto:Library:Application Support:Ajar Productions:scrollingframe:scrollingframe_epub.css
I am using Adobe 16.4
Ressource(n): 1 fehlt
I’m using InDesign 16.4 too
I’m getting the same message as well
If you see “Volumes:null” it means that a temp directory cannot be found, which means there was an issue with your InDesign installation. Several people have been had success with this issue using the Adobe Creative Cloud Cleaner Tool: https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/kb/cc-cleaner-tool-installation-problems.html
I installed the plug-in on my mac, went on indesign 2021, window, utility, scripts and double clicked on the Split Text script… but nothing happens from there, can you help me?
There might be something on your system that is blocking scripts from running. Do any of the sample scripts in the panel work? If not, there’s either an issue with the InDesign installation, or an admin is blocking script access.
How can I change the colour or line-width of the scrollbar in Epub fixed lay-out?
Lo he bajado y colocado en Indesign pero cuando lo exporto en Publish Online sale: Macintosh HD:Users:Seitoku:Library:Application Support:Ajar Productions:scrollingframe:scrollingframe_epub.css
No tengo Mac no sé por qué sale eso.
When will scrolling frames in available for inDesign 2023 (18.0)? I have one frame that works but my second new one does not. We use this feature for a bi-weekly newsletter so I need to know if this is going to be updated soon or if I need to revert to 2022
Just posted an update and sent out an email. 🙂
I have downloaded and installed the universall scrolling frames panel and it asked me to resart indesign so i did but when i go to in5 > interrative widgets > scrolling frames it asks me to install the panel again
I have tried to resart the all pc but not even that works
it says that installs it but when i go to use it it says that it isnt intalled
Im using InDesign (17.4)
Check under Window > Universal Scrolling Frames.
Does this still work in Adobe InDesign 2023
I have followed instruction to the letter and it just wont scroll on my android device
The InDesign EPUB preview window it does scroll with mouse wheel.
Google Play Books – just shows top half of window.
Yes, but we don’t control the epub readers’ behavior. It tends to work best with in5 (because we have more control over that).
I have some content which needs to horizontally scroll from right to left from a tab that sticks out, but i can’t control this with the curser, it only responds with a scroll wheel or gesture.
Is it possible to have it swipe left with a finger or cursor?
So I currently have InDesign 2023 version on Mac, and whenever I try to open the scroll framer installer file, I get the message “No compatible versions of InDesign found.” I am trying to figure out what is wrong with it. Is it because I have my InDesign downloaded to an external hard drive and not the computer’s main hard drive?
It seems the email download link for this extension also does not work
Does it open a tab and really quickly close?
I would suggest reaching out to us here to help you troubleshoot the link:
Just tried again and got the installer, sorry about the false alarm!
No prob. Glad you were able to get it to work. 🙂
Hello, I have a problem with the scrollingframe.
Whenever I check the hide box, scrolling with the mouse wheel doesn’t work anymore. it should scroll horizontally in this case, but it only works with the arrow keys on the keyboard or with the mouse wheel pressed and moving to the right with the mouse. what can I do?
and is there a way to use a button to make the scrollingframe jump from the very left to the very right? so that it is less like a scrollingframe and more like a carousel that always jumps one frame forward when the button is triggered.
I am attempting to use a scrolling frame in an iframe on our website. It’s working perfectly but our web pages are all a very dark navy. The scrolling frame has white text on a transparent background – as I said – that all works great. The problem is that the small bar on the right to scroll through the text frame is also very dark. Is there a place to change that color?
There’s a CSS file that’s generated with the output. You can edit the color of the scrollbar in there, but it may be ignored by some browsers.
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