in5 v3 Reviewed in InDesign Magazine

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign,product review | Monday, February 5th, 2018

first page of review

Inside the latest issue of InDesign Magazine, Keith Gilbert’s review of in5 includes the clearest introduction to using in5 (InDesign to HTML5) and presents the most likely use cases of the product.

If you have any interest in digital publishing or interactivity from InDesign, Keith’s review is a must read.

Keith talks about the new features in latest version, what you can do with the HTML output, compares in5 to the other available options (like EPUB and Publish Online), and highlights some really great customer examples.

The issue is also full of other helpful InDesign topics, like hidden color tools and best practices for numbering pages.

You can buy the issue for $7.95, or get a whole year’s subscription and unlimited back issues for $59.

I’m not affiliated with the magazine. I’m just a fan and an active subscriber.

SWF Protector Product Review & Giveaway

Justin | competitions,product review | Thursday, August 18th, 2011

I was approached by DComSoft to review their product, SWF Protector. They also offered to provide 3 free licenses for a giveaway. More on that below.

SWF Protector alters your SWF files so that it is more difficult to decompile them. This makes it more difficult for others to reverse engineer parts of your product that you’d like to remain secret. As has been noted on several other sites, there is no 100% sure method to protect your Flash content, but there are ways to make it more difficult. If someone is intent on breaking into your files, and they’re smart enough, they will find away. The usefulness in SWF encryption and obfuscation products is largely to reduce the number of people who can decompile your code by making decompilation more difficult.

That said, here are the criteria I used to review SWF Protector:

  1. Usability: how easy is it to operate the application?
  2. Is the SWF still fully-functional after protection? (You’d be surprised how many tools make the SWF inoperable).
  3. Can the SWF be decompiled using readily available tools?
  4. Bonus points for useful advanced features.