How to Create a Looping HTML Slideshow with InDesign and in5

Update: 
You can still use the techniques in this article, but it much easier to create a looping slideshow from InDesign using in5’s Presentation Mode
(no coding required…not even copying and pasting). Shown in the video below.

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…

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How to Replace an iFrame with a Message When Your Viewer is Offline

An iFrame lets you embed a website inside of another HTML document. It’s often used to add online content to otherwise offline publications. When a viewer is offline, the iframe fails completely, and the author doesn’t have control of what is displayed.

So how do we go about fixing that?

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Digital Publishing with InDesign: Types of Interactive Elements

DigPubIDCC one pageThis is a guest post by Sandee Cohen, adapted from Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC by Sandee Cohen and Diane Burns. This article highlights the methods for adding interactivity to an InDesign document.

Types of interactive elements that can be added to InDesign documents

  1. Links: Hyperlinks, Cross-references, Table of Contents
  2. Bookmarks
  3. Audio/video files
  4. Multi-state objects
  5. Buttons
  6. Forms
  7. Animations
  8. Page transitions
  9. Overlays

Each has its own particular uses, and some of the features may overlap. Before you start work, you need to decide which type of interactive element is right for your job or you could be stuck with an effect that can’t be exported for your finished project.

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Universal Scrolling Frames for InDesign

Universal Scrolling Frames From InDesign to HTML and EPUB

Adobe InDesign is full of wonderful interactive capabilities. The DPS Overlays panel adds several additional options, such as scrolling frames.

While this extra interactivity is 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.

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in5 v2.6 – The Hidden Gems Release

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Version 2.6 of in5 makes several improvements and gives you more ability to control the output.

These improvements come without any visible changes to the user interface, hence we’re calling this the “hidden gem” release.

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