How to Create a Looping HTML Slideshow with InDesign and in5

Justin | articles,design,HTML5 | Monday, February 20th, 2017

In this article, I’m going to show you how to create a self-running slideshow using Adobe InDesign and in5 (InDesign to HTML5).

This will let you create animated slideshows that will run in any browser, using content you’ve created in InDesign.

This type of slideshow has many possible uses, including

  • web banners
  • tradeshow presentations
  • animated info graphics

There are only a few steps to creating a self-running slideshow…


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.


LinkedIn Acquires

Justin | articles,news | Monday, April 13th, 2015

Big news in the tech world

LinkedIn has acquired for $1.5 billion. I’m not sure just yet what this news means for the future of, but I’m optimistic that this could be a good thing.

Fun news for the Ajar family

Forbes used a screen capture from Creating HTML Layouts with InDesign in their article on the acquisition.

screenshot from Forbes article

More info

Article Round-up

Justin | Animate/Flash,articles,design,links,tips | Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

We’re keeping quite busy around here! Here’s a quick round-up of some recent articles that I’ve published.

5 Flash Animation tips in 5 days on the Peachpit blogs:

Also on the Peachpit site, there’s an excerpt on Character Animation from our recent book with Chris Georgenes.

I also have a new video tutorial over at ActiveTuts+ on Creating Advanced Motion Presets in Flash with JSFL.

In addition to the recent advice page I added on Learning Flash, I’m working on a page about becoming a graphic designer/Flash animator/digital artist. It includes some of my background and lessons learned. That article is pretty much on hold as we work toward the SmartMouth release (hopefully just another week), and I will pick it up after that.

What a year!

Justin | articles | Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Well, 2008 was a pretty good year for us. We released a new animation (finally), put together a reel of previous work (finally), updated the main page (finally), and released about 20 (free) extensions.

Thanks to my Creatives Services dept. (my main job), I went to Flash Forward and Adobe MAX this year (both in San Francisco). I also attended Flash Camp in SF and picked up the ‘Most Useful’ award at the hackathon competition for my Combine Textfields extension. I met some great people at all three events.

Thanks to promotion by Chris Georgenes, Lee Brimelow, Keith Gilbert, Michael Ninness, Richard Galvan, Jen DeHaan, Tim Cole, and many others; our extensions picked up a huge amount of new web traffic. Thanks to Josh Carrollhach for his great suggestions as well.

Ajar webstats for 2008

Lesson: Provide something useful and people will visit your site. I always knew this, but I started the blog thinking that tutorials would be the thing that we offered most and at some point in the last year I got consumed with creating extensions.

Plans for 2009

We’ve got more extensions on the way. I’m planning to keep those free. I’ll be putting out a free desktop utility (built on AIR) in the first week or two. I’ve begun work on a commercial desktop application as well. Hopefully we’ll have some more tutorials and animation up as time allows.

Look for us in Chris Georgenes’ How to Cheat in Adobe Flash CS4, due out in April 2009.

Amy’s got and brand new computer and she’s picking up Flash rather quickly, so hopefully she’ll have some animation up in the next year.

Thanks for visiting us in 2008! Thanks to everyone who has commented with suggestions and words of support on the blog. Come back and see us in 2009.

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