in5 v3 Sneak Peek #2: Save Your Settings with Export Presets

Justin | design,extensions,HTML5,InDesign,software | Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

Here’s another highly requested feature for in5 (InDesign to HTML5): the ability to save export settings and apply them to other InDesign documents.

And soon it will be a part of the latest version of in5. 🙂

The video below shows a sneak peek of Export Presets in action.

To be notified when the latest version of in5 becomes available, sign up for the Ajar Productions Newsletter.

The Digital Publishing Technology Guide – A Helpful Resource to Choose the Right Medium

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign,publishing,tips | Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

You probably want to publish your content digitally—to tablets, phones, E-readers, and Web sites (ideally from a visual layout application like Adobe InDesign).

But there are so many digital publishing solutions to choose from, and the digital landscape is changing so rapidly.

Where do you start?

cover for bookDigital Publishing expert Keith Gilbert and I have distilled hours of research into this 16-page guide.

The Digital Publishing Technology Guide will help you make sense of all the options and give you the knowledge to choose the best technology for your projects.

Visit to sign-up and get this guide for free.


DPS to in5 Transition Guide

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

First, Adobe took away DPS Single-edition, which allowed individuals and smaller business publish apps from InDesign.

Now Adobe DPS has been AEM Mobile.

It’s even more expensive, and much less connected with InDesign.

A free guide to ease the transition

dps to in5 cover imageIf you feel like Adobe has left you behind and you want to make mobile apps with InDesign, then check out the DPS to in5 Transition Guide.

It’s a quick read and it’s free when you sign up for the Ajar Productions newsletter.

The guide will help you get back to publishing digital content from InDesign.

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 ConcepciĂłn 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.

The Quickest Way to Test a Mobile Layout on Your Computer

Justin | design,HTML5,interaction,tips | Wednesday, March 9th, 2016


There are several great tools for testing mobile layouts.

The iOS and Android Simulators can test almost every aspect necessary, without actually needing a device.

Browserstack is a subscription service that lets you test all kinds of devices, browsers, and operating systems.

However, sometimes the power that these systems offer is overkill, and I just need a quick way to test a mobile layout.

The Quickest Way to Test a Mobile Layout

Enter Chrome Device emulation.

Device emulation is part of the Chrome Developer Tools. All you need is the Google Chrome web browser.

You can learn more about the Developer Tools, including how to use them as a designer in this free email course.

There are 2 important parts to testing mobile layout.

  1. The viewport meta tag—this controls document scaling on mobile devices.
  2. The CSS media queries—these are rules that control how the design changes on different screens.

The emulator also simulates touch events, touch scrolling, and device orientation.


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