A Swiss Army Knife Extension for Adobe Animate

Justin | Animate/Flash,design,extensions | Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Queasy Tools Panel v1.5.0Queasy (Quick and Easy) Tools takes a whole bunch of the most common actions that you make as a designer or an animator and groups them into a single panel.

More than that, Queasy tools lets you take multi-step actions with a single click.

Did I mention it’s free?

Get the latest installer to start using Queasy Tools with Adobe Animate CC.

Update: For the latest version of Adobe Animate, you may need this extension installer.

Lip Sync at the Speed of Sound with Adobe Animate & SmartMouth

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions | Tuesday, March 1st, 2016

Lip syncing is one of the most tedious jobs in animation, because it means listening (and re-listening) to the audio on every frame and matching that sound to the right mouth shape.

The SmartMouth extension runs through your audio and automatically places your mouth shapes on the timeline.

SmartMouth thumbnail previews

Artwork by Paul Trani

Best of all, SmartMouth now works with the new Adobe Animate.

Get SmartMouth here.

Split Text Extension Now Removes Ending Line Breaks

Justin | extensions,InDesign | Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Thanks to suggestions from Bob Levine and Laurie Ruhlin, I’ve updated the Split Text extension.

It will remove line breaks from the end of the newly created text frames when using the paragraph, every line, or manual line break options.

You can download the extension from the original Split Text post, or the link in your email if you’ve already received it.

To update: Install over the previous version.

Free course: Becoming a Digital Publishing Master with in5

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign | Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

free digital publishing course taught by the experts

Are you interested in using your design skills to publish digital content?

This 22-part course will start you off with the very basics and walk you through to creating advanced interactivity and publishing apps.

The lessons will show you how to build your content in InDesign and export with in5.

No coding required!

The entire course is available online, or you can sign up to have the lessons emailed to you one at a time.

Check out the course >>

Digital Publishing with InDesign: Types of Interactive Elements

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign,interaction | Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

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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