in5 v3 Sneak Peak: Live Tables & Columns

Justin | extensions,HTML5,InDesign | Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Here’s a first look at the upcoming version of in5 (InDesign to HTML5).

This video below shows

  • The new in5 user interface
  • Live text support for advanced formatting features, such as
    • Tables
    • Columns
    • Split columns inside of text frames
    • Paragraphs that span multiple columns
    • Paragraph Shading (this is already supported, but it’s fun to show off)

Not only will these new features do a better job of exporting your complex InDesign text styling as live HTML, but they will also create some new possibles for responsive designs.

More about in5.

DPS to in5 Transition Guide

Justin | design,HTML5,InDesign | Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

First, Adobe took away DPS Single-edition, which allowed individuals and smaller business publish apps from InDesign.

Now Adobe DPS has been AEM Mobile.

It’s even more expensive, and much less connected with InDesign.

A free guide to ease the transition

dps to in5 cover imageIf you feel like Adobe has left you behind and you want to make mobile apps with InDesign, then check out the DPS to in5 Transition Guide.

It’s a quick read and it’s free when you sign up for the Ajar Productions newsletter.

The guide will help you get back to publishing digital content from InDesign.

Why I’m excited about PePcon 2016

Justin | conferences,design,InDesign | Thursday, May 12th, 2016

I’m going to be a little lazy and reuse much of what I posted last year—but I’ve got a good reason—it’s all still true about PePcon this year.

I spoke at PePcon the last two years and had a great time.

The conference is run by David Blatner and Anne-Marie Concepción of InDesignSecrets. There are several hundred attendees and yet the conference has a very intimate feel.

In year’s past, I’ve been able to speak with many attendees and speakers multiple times over the course of the week. As a result, it was much easier to build relationships at PePcon than at any other conferences I’ve attended.

The topic of PePcon is the nexus of print and ePublishing, which is still a fertile area for change and learning.

PePcon is the nexus of print and digital

Anne-Marie and David round up the top speakers (and I’m not just saying that because I’ll be speaking, check out the full list of speakers) and create a great environment for sharing and growth.

I’m not the only one who thinks so…check out the video compilation from a previous PePcon.

If this sounds interesting to you, I recommend you sign up now, because space is limited (that’s how the conference keeps that intimate feel). And don’t forget to use the discount code below.

Also, did I forget to mention that it’s in sunny San Diego this year?

Discounted Registration

Use the special discount code PUTNEY when you register and you’ll get $100 off any multi-day pass to the event.

Full lipsyncing control with FrameSync now available for Adobe Animate CC

Justin | Animate/Flash,animation,extensions | Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

FrameSync lets you rapidly lip-sync your characters with an audio track.

The newest installer now works with Adobe Animate CC.

Feature recap

Modes to suit your style

Use keyframe numbers (shown below) or add labels to your frames (shown in the top image).

Audio Playback Navigation

No need to scrub the playhead to hear a single frame of audio, or move one frame back or forward. All of your lip-syncing can be completed from within the FrameSync panel. No jumping around the Flash interface!


(compatible from Flash MX 2004 & up, including Adobe Animate CC 2015)

Other Lip Sync Tools from Ajar Productions

  • SmartMouth – automatic lipsyncing (audio analysis) – pair this with FrameSync and you have the fastest lipsyncing workflow on the planet.
  • FrameScrub – an alternative to FrameSync.

How to Replace an iFrame with a Message When Your Viewer is Offline

Justin | HTML5,tips | Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

An iFrame lets you embed a website inside of another HTML document. It’s often used to add online content to otherwise offline publications. When a viewer is offline, the iframe fails completely, and the author doesn’t have control of what is displayed.

So how do we go about fixing that?


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