Getting Started with in5 (InDesign to HTML5)

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I’ve heard from a few people lately asking for introduction to in5.

This post has some resources to help you go from “zero to hero.”

I’ll explain what in5 does and how it can help you publish yourAdobe InDesign content online.

The Very Short Version

in5 lets your export your layout, animation, and interactivity directly from InDesign.

in5 uses InDesign’s own interactive features, so you can focus on your design, instead of learning how to use unfamiliar software.

This video above gives you a quick intro in less than 2 minutes.

The slides above (In5 Benefits: A Quick Overview) offer a quick 30-second glance if you’re in a rush. 😉

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Interactive White Paper Made by in5 Customer

Another fantastic project created with InDesign and exported with in5.

Check out the video below to see what Jake Hoisington and Brenda Fletcher created for Lincoln Financial Group.

Test Drive in5

Script HTML5 Export from InDesign using the in5 API

Check on this new video on how automate the exporting of HTML5 from InDesign using in5’s API.

The scripting automation makes it easy to batch process large numbers of InDesign files.

You can test out the API with the free trial of in5.

InDesign to SimpleHTML – Easily Repurpose Content with Uncluttered Markup

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SimpleHTML is a new tool for InDesign that exports bare naked HTML from a Text Frame or Story.

There’s no <head> or <body> tag, no classes, no <div> wrappers, no clutter—just the HTML that you need to paste into a blog post (or email) editor.

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How to Create an Animated Web Banner with InDesign & in5

The banner above this text was made with Adobe InDesign.

Yes, InDesign. The page layout tool.

InDesign Hidden Gems

While InDesign is known for print layout, it also has extensive interactive capabilities, including:

  • An Easy-to-use Animation Panel
  • A Timing Panel to create sequenced animation
  • The ability to create different Object States that change with interaction
  • Interactive actions for Buttons and Form Elements

Just because InDesign was originally conceived as a page layout tool, doesn’t mean you have to create things that look like books.

In this article, I’ll show you how use InDesign’s interactive features and the in5 HTML5 export to create a web banner.

Note that you can also use these techniques to create an animated GIF.

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