There are many different interactive capabilities. Please list exactly which ones you must use, and which ones you would like to use. The more precise you can delineate your expectations, the better an answer we can give you.
Also, describe what your audience is and how you expect to distribute the catalog.
To start it would be kind of simple.
Think of it like an actual catalog, with the ability to popout, or open a gallery of clickable images in each section.
Interactivity would include:
- table of contents with sections linked to sections of the catalog (200+ pages)
- swipe-able galleries of images (several throughout)
- links to pages with more information
I want to use at least an "swipe-able" carousel so show furniture pieces. If i click one let it take me to a page with a better picture, a CAD, drawing of the piece, and information about it.
Later i would like to include videos of demonstrations or building the furniture, but this is later... NOT a priority.
My audience is the business owner. Reps will use this as a marketing tool to show the owner. The Designers in the store will then use it to sell to the customer.
We will not have this in an app store, but instead will have it preloaded on a tablet. Updates will go out each quarter via flash drives probably (or dropbox download). These tablets will not have internet capabilities as they are strictly for showing this catalog.
Another essential question: What version of InDesign do you have? Some of the ways you can export interactivity have changed, sometimes, considerably, between versions.
latest CC version.
also it is vital that it is "offline"
OK, with that information, here are the choices for exporting interactivity: (1) PDF, (2) HTML, (3) SWF (Flash), (4) EPUB—Reflowable and Fixed Layout, and (5) Tablet apps.
We can eliminate PDF because it doesn't support may interactivity features, and the PDF apps on tablets are usually limited in this respect.
We can eliminate HTML since you want to work off-line.
We can eliminate SWF (Flash) because it won't run in an iPad or modern Android tablets.
That leaves Tablet apps and EPUB. We just lost one choice which was Digital Publishing Suite, the tablet app from Adobe, because it now is only possible if you're an enterprise or large magazine user. (The ability to create Single-Issue DPS apps for CC subscribers is going away soon.) There are some non-DPS tablet apps that you should look at. Others may be able to make recommendations based on their experience. Each will have its own possible interactivity options, I'm not familiar with them except having heard about them in a general way.
Fixed Layout EPUB may work for you. You can create it easily from InDesign CC 2014, and includes some, but not all of the interactivity you're looking for. I strongly recommend you pick up "Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC" from Adobe Press by Sandee Cohen and Diane Burns. It will give you a good overview of EPUB which is up-to-date, and you can see what is in the other export options. It also gives a lot of information about what interactivity is possible from InDesign, and how to create it. It also covers DPS, but you're out of the market for it unless you're willing to spend some big bucks.
Let’s not be so quick to eliminate HTML. You could do a web app using InDesign and in5.
I wouldn't rule out HTML so fast. In fact, I think it's the answer -- an
HTML5 app provides all the required interactivity, and can certainly
I didn't realize it could work offline. Thanks for the suggestion.
Think about epub. It's really just HTML, too.
TThank you all for the answers!! this is a better start than I thought I would have. So if I use HTML how would i package that to use offline On both android and iOS?
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Check out in5 from ajar productions. I think there’s material there for
producing web apps.
But how do I make that web app offline. the main requirement is that it is not based online, and is totally offline.
HTML can exist nicely off line
guys! I can't tell you how much i appreciate this feedback. 1 more question.
Is it possible to allow readers to select pages while reading, and go back to only those pages? Does InDesign allow for that type of development? Does it allow any type of scripting that would help accomplish that task?
I wouldn't be so quick to dismiss FXL. It's a lot easier and cheaper to export FXL from InDesign.
FXL Epubs can be read by iBooks in iOS and Google Play Books in Android.
I believe there are functions for bookmarking pages in FXL that would allow readers to go back to just those pages. And that's built into the FXL reader. I don't think HTML5 can do that without elaborate scripts.
how do i find out more about FXL is it a plugin, or just a file type that i would export? Does it allow for popout carousels? or in page carousels?
Ok. I feel like a complete noob. Disregard that last question
You say I'll be able to bookmark pages, what I actually mean here is "can a reader click a check box (or something) to 'bookmark' pages, and then later return to just those pages"?