Create Awesome Slides from InDesign using in5’s Presentation Mode

Justin | conferences,design,HTML5,InDesign | Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

presentation slide deck from InDesign via in5

Adobe InDesign has long had methods for publishing presentations—directly from InDesign using the Presentation Mode or via PDF using Full Screen Mode—but these methods never reached the level of sophistication and control found in Powerpoint and Keynote presentations.

That’s because those methods didn’t support many of InDesign’s powerful interactive features like Animation and Multi-State Objects. They simply produced static slideshows with no controllable transitions between slides.

In the past, I’ve modified my in5 output from InDesign so that I could present slides using HTML and include interactivity in my presentations.

When I noticed that my favorite conference—Creative Pro Week—now includes an entire day on presentations (dubbed the Click conference) it got my wheels turning about adding explicit presentation capabilities to in5.

Presentation expert, Mark Heaps, is heading up that section of the conference and also presenting an InDesign session on presentations.

I reached out to Mark and asked him what it would take to make InDesign an awesome presentation tool. You can see the results of our discussions below.

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My favorite conference will be even better this year

Justin | conferences,design,publishing | Thursday, March 16th, 2017

where print meets digital

I’ve written a couple of times about how much I like PePcon.

Somehow the team at CPN has managed to assemble a conference for 2017 that I’m even more excite about.

PePcon (the Print and ePublishing Conference) has been conjoined with conferences on key Adobe design products (InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop).

This new super conference will let you deep-dive on your favorite product(s), then get the latest and greatest on digital publishing.

This is not to be missed!

The conferences are partially spread out and partially overlapping, so they should still have that “small conference” feel where you get to interact with everyone, including speakers.

Discounted Registration

I’m honored to be speaking again this year, and happy to share my speaker’s discount code with you.

Use the discount code CPPUTNEY and get $100 off registration!

Why I’m excited about PePcon 2016

Justin | conferences,design,InDesign | Thursday, May 12th, 2016

I’m going to be a little lazy and reuse much of what I posted last year—but I’ve got a good reason—it’s all still true about PePcon this year.

I spoke at PePcon the last two years and had a great time.

The conference is run by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción of InDesignSecrets. There are several hundred attendees and yet the conference has a very intimate feel.

In year’s past, I’ve been able to speak with many attendees and speakers multiple times over the course of the week. As a result, it was much easier to build relationships at PePcon than at any other conferences I’ve attended.

The topic of PePcon is the nexus of print and ePublishing, which is still a fertile area for change and learning.

PePcon is the nexus of print and digital

Anne-Marie and David round up the top speakers (and I’m not just saying that because I’ll be speaking, check out the full list of speakers) and create a great environment for sharing and growth.

I’m not the only one who thinks so…check out the video compilation from a previous PePcon.

If this sounds interesting to you, I recommend you sign up now, because space is limited (that’s how the conference keeps that intimate feel). And don’t forget to use the discount code below.

Also, did I forget to mention that it’s in sunny San Diego this year?

Discounted Registration

Use the special discount code PUTNEY when you register and you’ll get $100 off any multi-day pass to the event.

Preview: Place HTML into InDesign for ePub

Justin | conferences,design,extensions,HTML5,InDesign | Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

I just returned from PePcon last week. In a previous post, I wrote Why I’m Excited About PePcon 2015, citing the intimacy of the conference and the ability to interact with speakers and attendees. Well, PePcon 2015 did not disappoint. I had many wonderful conversations with several fantastic people. The post for Why I’m Excited About PePcon 2016 writes itself: all the same reasons from 2015, plus it’s in sunny San Diego.

One of the many valuable conversations that I had was with Mira Rubin, an author and trainer who is pushing the bounds of animation and interactivity in ePubs. Mira was looking for a way to include outside HTML (like that produced from Captivate or Muse) inside of her published ePub that she was building in InDesign. Something about our conversation triggered an idea and I stayed up into the wee hours of the morning building a prototype that I then showed at the next night’s CreativeWow! (a session where developers show new and experimental projects they’re working on). I’ve recorded a video of that demo so that you can see it as well.

In the video, you’ll see that the prototype can import interactive HTML that works in an ePub.

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Why I’m Excited About PePcon 2015

Justin | conferences,design,InDesign | Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

I spoke at PePcon last year and had a great time. The conference is run by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción of InDesignSecrets. There were several hundred attendees and yet the conference had a very intimate feel. I was able to speak with many attendees and speakers multiple times over the course of the week. As a result, it was much easier to build relationships at PePcon than at any other conferences I’ve attended.

The topic of PePcon is the nexus of print and ePublishing, which is a fertile area for change and learning at the moment.

PePcon is the nexus of print and digital

Anne-Marie and David round up the top speakers (and I’m not just saying that because I’ll be speaking, check out the full list of speakers) and create a great environment for sharing and growth. I’m not the only one who thinks so. Check out the video compilation below from last year.

 

 

If this sounds interesting to you, I recommend you sign up now, because space is limited (that’s how the conference keeps that intimate feel). And don’t forget to use the discount code below.

Discounted Registration

Use the special discount code SPK93R when you register and you’ll get $50 off any 2-, 3-, or 4- day pass to the event.

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