in5 Delivers HTML5 from InDesign

Over the summer I wrote a news story about an interesting Kickstarter project to create a solution for producing HTML5 from InDesign layouts. Here’s the update: the project got funded, the product was developed, and today marks the official launch of in5 by Ajar Productions.

Here’s a partial features list:
   * 5 different Page Format options
   * Text can be rendered as images (to preserve appearance) or as HTML
   * Web-safe fallback fonts are automatically generated
   * Support for embedding local OTF and TTF fonts
   * HTML and CSS output supports columns, paragraph rules, bullet lists, numbered lists, and anchored images
   * Offline application caching
   * Embedding of HTML (such as YouTube, Vimeo, or Google Maps)
   * The ability to create “Thumbnails” small (possibly cropped) images, that link to a larger copy
   * The ability to open URLs in a “Lightbox” so that the viewer never has to leave the page
   * Also supports Lightbox for Thumbnails
   * Supports mapping styles to specific HTML tags
   * Option to render items within group or render groups as images (to ensure display fidelity for complex items, like items with blending modes)
   * Audio support (optional controls) 
   * Ability to set Page Color and Background Color
   * Ability to assign a Viewport Zoom setting for mobile devices 
   * Search Engine Optimization (SEO): title, keywords, description, author — pulls from INDD meta data automatically, and can generate keywords automatically from the document 
   * Swipe Navigation
   * Video embedding (Flash fallback as well as automatic webm and ogg files with the same name for maximum capability)
   * SWF embedding 
   * Support for Alt text using the button name, script label, or Alt text within the Object Export Options
   * Supports link on Object as well as the following button actions: Go to Destination, Go to Next Page, Go to Previous Page, Go to First page
   * Supports Table of Contents linking and linking between pages
   * Support for items that span across spread pages

With in5 is installed, you get a new choice in the File menu to export as HTML5:

And here’s a peek at the Export HTML5 dialog box:

The pricing for in5 is as follows:
1 seat – $149
2 seats – $169
4 seats – $319
6 seats – $479
10 seats – $749

Note: One seat is required for each activated copy of InDesign (i.e. to install on CS5 and CS6, even on one machine, requires two seats).

Posted on: December 12, 2012

Mike Rankin

Mike is the Editor in Chief of, InDesign Magazine, and He is also the author of several video training series, including Font Management Essential Training, InDesign FX, and InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals.

1 Comment on in5 Delivers HTML5 from InDesign

  1. Does in% work on Macs running InDesign 7.5.2 (CS5.5)?

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