in5 v1.2 now supports Liquid Layout and Baker Framework

We’ve got some big new additions to in5 (InDesign to HTML5). These updates, like all version 1.x updates, are available at no charge to existing in5 users.

Take a gander.

Liquid Layout

InDesign CS6 added the Liquid Layout functionality that allows you to controls how and when your page items scale and re-position themselves. Now you can export that capability to HTML with in5!

in5 even allows older versions of InDesign to use Liquid Layout (it simply defaults to scale mode).

For more on using Liquid Layout in InDesign, check out:

The Baker Framework

The Baker Framework is a really fantastic open-source ebook framework to publish interactive books and magazines. Baker-built ebooks allow you to maintain complex and precise layouts—unlike EPUB, where the focus is on reflow—which fits in quite nicely with our mission of layout preservation with in5. A Baker Framework export has been a popular feature request since our initial Kickstarter project, so we’re thrilled to announce that it’s now available! The Baker-ready output from in5 can then be easily converted to a standalone app or published to Apple Newsstand using the tutorials available on the Baker Framework website.

Apple Newsstand is a built-in application the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. It is dedicated to downloading and displaying digital versions of newspapers and magazines. The Newsstand option is great, because it’s much easier to publish (and monetize) your content than would be with an app (no code-signing required, as far as I can tell).

Combine the Baker export with the Liquid Page Format and your ebook will automatically re-orient and scale itself in both portrait and landscape modes.

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InDesign to HTML5 Video Preview

Update (12/12/12): The product, now called in5 is now publicly available:
http://ajarproductions.com/pages/products/in5/

Our InDesign to HTML5 prerelease is progressing nicely. I put a video preview together so that everyone outside the prerelease could see some of the features that we already have in place.

For anyone who wasn’t able to back this project before it closed, our mailing list is the best way to find out exactly when ID->HTML5 is released.

Update (10/23/2012): Build 5 & 6 features covered in next post.

Flannel: Open Newer FLA Files

On a few occasions, I’ve had to open Flash CS5.5 files on a machine with CS5. Since the FLA format is now XML- and ZIP-based, it’s relatively easy to unzip the package, open a file, and set the version back so that the file can be opened in Flash CS5. It does, however, take time. So I decided to make this process into an easy-to-use desktop application.

Usage

Just drag and drop a Flash CS5.5 (or CS6, or CC) FLA file onto Flannel and it will make a copy and append _CS5 to the file name. That file can be opened in Flash CS5 (or later). Conversion for CS4 is a little trickier, since several new elements were added for CS5, but I’m working on it.

Installation

You can install Flannel using the badge below.

Please upgrade your Flash Player This is the content that would be shown if the user does not have Flash Player 9.0.115 or higher installed.

Or you can download the file directly Flannel.air (Adobe AIR is required).

Flannel is available at no cost, but donations are welcome.

Looking for more cool Flash stuff?

If you like Flannel, you should also check out the numerous Flash Extensions and other tools that we have available.

Duplix: Batch Duplication Utility

Duplix is a batch duplication utility for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. The Duplix utility quickly duplicates files and folders using numeric or custom naming. The numeric naming option allows the user to set a range of values and includes a “minimum digits” setting which can automatically add zeroes to the file names to maintain alphabetical sorting for the duplicated files. The custom naming option allows the user to type or paste in a series of names for the duplicated files. The custom names can be separated by commas, spaces, or line breaks. Both numeric and custom naming options allow for a prefix and suffix for the duplicated file names, and even allow the user to alter the file extension if needed. Existing files can be preserved or overwritten by duplicates depending on the option selected. The user can also choose to delete the original file or folder after duplication if desired.

Installation

You can install Duplix directly from this webpage (if you don’t have the AIR runtime yet, this will install that for you as well):

Please upgrade your Flash Player This is the content that would be shown if the user does not have Flash Player 9.0.115 or higher installed.

How to Use Duplix

Check out these video demos:

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