A question came in on the in5 Answer Exchange about how to create a progress bar to indicate the reader’s position within the page count.
This technique is popular with online news magazines.
In the following article, I’m going to show you how to create such a progress bar by attaching a single file when exporting your HTML from InDesign.
: this feature is now built into in5 if you have a Pro (or higher) plan and no custom coding is required. Release post
Another fantastic project created with InDesign and exported with in5.
Check out the video below to see what Jake Hoisington and Brenda Fletcher created for Lincoln Financial Group.
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An expandable menu is a great way to collapse content that is only needed some of the time. Hiding the navigation helps the user focus on the content.
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This sample article from the InDesign UX Design Patterns guide details the steps to creating a drop-down menu.
How to Build an Expandable Menu
- On a Master page, create an MSO with an “empty” state (see the Modal Dialog in the full guide for details on this step).
- Build the menu background and buttons inside the “active” state of the MSO.
- Add Go to Page (or Next/Back, if you prefer) actions to each button. You may also want to add a Go to (empty) State
- Add an action to trigger the hiding and showing of the menu. If you have a single “toggle menu” button and a two-state MSO, you can use Go to Next State
- Apply the Master page to the pages where you want the menu to appear.
* Yes, a button can have multiple actions. 🙂
The Extra Mile
You can also create a sequenced animation within the menu state of the MSO to visually “build” the menu onto the screen.
in5, FXL ePub, PO.
Interactive PDF cannot be used because it does not support MSOs.
Tip: If you absolutely have to create a PDF-compatible version, you can use hide and show buttons.
More UX Design Patterns for InDesign
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Check out the complete InDesign UX Design Patterns guide (it’s free with an email sign-up).
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Check on this new video on how automate the exporting of HTML5 from InDesign using in5’s API.
The scripting automation makes it easy to batch process large numbers of InDesign files.
You can test out the API with the free trial of in5.
I love seeing what people are making with in5. It absolutely blows me away!
Check out the video below to see a walk-through of some of the great sites and apps that designers are exporting from InDesign using in5.
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