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InDesign png export for mobile app

Jul 31, 2012 12:48 PM

Tags: #app #export #png

Dear All,

I have put together a number of text boxes and images in InDesign Creative Cloud CS6 and exported them as one png (or jpeg) image for use in a jQuery mobile iPhone app that I'm creating in Dreamweaver.  Will this work?  Rather than inserting text box, image, text box, images, text box, images, etc. into a page of the mobile app, can I just create one png image in InDesign that includes everything, various text boxes, images, wrapped images, html active inserts, etc., and have people scroll through it as a page in the iPhone app?  The InDesign file for this one page is about 1.1 mb right now.  Will this png image be able to zoom and do everthing it needs to do in the iPhone app?  Creative Cloud CS6 - Mac - Lion 10.7.4.  Thanks.

 

Small Town Gal

 
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    Jul 31, 2012 1:22 PM   in reply to Small Town Gal

    Small Town Gal wrote:

    .. can I just create one png image in InDesign that includes everything, various text boxes, images, wrapped images, html active inserts, etc., and have people scroll through it as a page in the iPhone app?  [..]  Will this png image be able to zoom and do everthing it needs to do in the iPhone app? 

     

    You created just a PNG image. PNG images certainly cannot do the things you list. Even 'zoom in' must be done by the viewing application, it's not "a function" of PNG images.

     

    As for your list of 'contents' of the image, sure, you can place all of these items in InDesign and then export the lot to a single image. But then you have a single plain PNG image, nothing unusual about that.

     
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    Jul 31, 2012 3:10 PM   in reply to Small Town Gal

    I don't know anything about PhoneGap and its capabilities. If it includes code to zoom in on a PNG, that's it. If and how it works with larger vs. smaller images, that's where you have to look.

     

    Re-iterating: no matter what you put in your InDesign file, as soon as you export it as a single image, that's what you are going to get.

     

    Interactive capabilities are not preserved in a PNG image, whether they come from Microsoft Paint, Adobe Photoshop, or InDesign. It's Just an Image Format. All other boons come courtesy of the application you select to view it with.

     
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