Becoming a Digital Publishing Master with in5

Images from apps and sites created with in5.

This course will teach you how to use InDesign and in5 to create beautiful and accessible sites and mobile apps. Learn to become a master of digital publishing from the ground up by using familiar design tools.

For full course details, visit the main course page.

Lesson 1: How to Install in5

The first step to using in5 is getting it installed with your preferred version of InDesign.

Expert Contributors to this lesson

Justin Putney

Justin Putney

Creator of in5

Today's Course Outline

  1. Getting the download package
  2. Unzipping the package
  3. Choosing the right installer for your system
  4. Troubleshooting the installation
  5. How to update in5

Estimated time for lesson

Today’s lesson should take approximately 5 minutes.

Getting the download package

To download the latest version of in5, visit the download page and click on the download in5 button.

in5 download button

Unzipping the package

Once you've downloaded the in5.zip file, locate it on your system and unzip the package.

On Mac: to unzip the file, double-click on the file in the Finder and it will automatically be extracted to a folder named in5.

mac install files

On Windows: to unzip the file, right-click and choose Extract All..., then choose a location.

win extract files

Choosing the right installer for your system

There are a few different installers available in the extracted package. Your version of InDesign (and in some cases, your Operating System) will determine which installer to use.

For any version of Adobe InDesign CC, choose the installer than matches your system, double-click and follow the onscreen instructions:

cc installer (mac)

For Adobe InDesign CS4, CS5, CS5.5, or CS6, use the in5.mxp installer. Double-click on the in5.mxp file to open it in Extension Manager and follow the instructions on screen to install.

Pro tip: If you have multiple versions of InDesign (or other Adobe CS apps), you'll want to make sure that you're opening the Extension Manager that corresponds with your intended version of InDesign (e.g., open Extension Manager CS6 to install in5 with InDesign CS6).

How to update in5

You can update in5 at any time using the same install process detailed in this lesson. Installing a new version of in5 will not affect your existing license.

New features are added regularly and all minor updates (e.g., from 3.1 to 3.5) are available at no additional cost to licensed users.

If you have a subscription plan, then all updates are free, including major updates.

Unsure if you have the latest version? You can also check in the in5 dialog (File > Export HTML with in5... within InDesign). The Info section lists the currently installed version, and you can click the Check for Updates... button to see if there's a new version (as well as what features have been added).

in-app updates

Take Aways

  • Downloading in5 is easy.
  • Pick the installer that matches your system.
  • Don't be afraid to update and get new features.
I just installed in5 by @ajarproductions and I'm ready to publish my designs