For a long time, in5 users have been wanting to include content from Adobe Animate or Tumult Hype in their projects.
And there has been a way to do it with HTML files and the Web Overlay panel (used by DPS/AEM Mobile, but supported by in5)…
Note: in5 now has its own
Web Content panel under in5 > Interactive Widgets > Web Content.
But InDesign has supported a more natural approach for most designers: placing OAM files (packages of HTML from animation apps) directly on the page
I’m pleased to announce that version 3.1 of in5 also supports placed OAMs.
Check out the video below to see an example of an OAM with complex animation and interactivity exported with an InDesign document.
It’s just one of the ways that in5 v3.1 puts more publishing power in your hands without having to code.
While in5 is super easy to customize, sometimes it helps some prebuilt tools that your viewer can use to navigate your publication.
In the video below, you can see the new
Viewer Display options that is now available with in5 (InDesign to HTML5).
As you can see in the video, all you have to do is check a few boxes to add the following items to your HTML5 output from InDesign:
Jump to Table of Contents (configurable)
Show Page Thumbnails
Switch to fullscreen
Download a PDF
Show reading progress (as a progress bar and/or page count)
These updates are available to Pro subscribers as of version 3.1.
in5 (InDesign to HTML5) is incredibly flexible. It’s easy to attach custom functionality to your output.
I’ve shared several customizations on this blog and on the
The most popular customization by far is the “desktop scaling” code that scales layouts proportionally to the browser window.
In fact, when most people ask me about a “responsive” layout, they actually want to maintain their layout and simply scale it proportionally (a truly responsive layout changes at different sizes—I’m working on that, too).
To make it even easier for you to create flexible layouts (on both desktop and mobile), I’ve folded this scaling feature into in5 and refined it further.
Check out the video below to see it in action.
(It even works with the new page flip transition!)
Are you moving from print to digital?
Need help exporting your spreads to HTML?
Starting with version 3.1 of
in5 (InDesign to HTML5) comes with a script that lets you merge multi-page spreads into single pages. Before running the script
Here’s a screenshot of a document with spreads before the script has been run.
To merge each spread into a page, you’ll simply run the
Merge Spreads script that will be installed with in5 v3.1. After running the script
The script will produce a new document (so your original is left unchanged).
Note that the number of spreads and the number of pages are now the same in the image below.
You can now finish prepping the modified document for a digital format (web, mobile app,
This is just one of the ways that in5 will help you transition from print to digital documents.
Even Photoshop doesn’t create the smallest web images possible.
I typically recommend a service like TinyPNG because it can shrink your images by as much as 50% (and more in some cases).
Smaller images mean faster loading and less waiting, which makes for happier readers (especially on mobile devices).
But it does require adding an extra step to your workflow.
in5 (InDesign to HTML5) version 3.1, all you will have to do is check a box when you export from InDesign, and in5 will automatically optimize the images for you!
See it in action in the video below.
The optimization setting will compress PNGs and JPGs automatically as your HTML5 document is being published and saved to your computer.
to be notified when version 3.1 is available.