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Twixl Importer for Adobe InDesign

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Convert properties from Adobe DPS

What it is

The Twixl Importer is a free plugin for Adobe InDesign that allows you to convert Adobe DPS Folio Overlay properties in a document to their Twixl Publisher counterparts.

What it is

Requirements

The Twixl Importer plugin works with Adobe InDesign CS6 and newer. It runs both on macOS (OS X) and Windows. 

Installation

The Twixl Importer plugin is installed automatically with the installation of the Twixl Publisher plug-in.

In Adobe InDesign, you should find the extension under "Window" in the submenu "Extensions".

How to use

How to use

Open the InDesign document containing the Adobe DPS Folio Overlays.

Now open the Twixl Importer plugin from the Extensions menu under Window.

In the main window of the plugin, click on the "Import DPS Overlays" button.

The plugin will now go through all items in the document and convert all Folio overlays to their Twixl Publisher equivalents. It will leave the document in an unsaved state once finished so that you can revert if something went wrong.

NOTE:

The original Folio overlays are retained and not altered in any way.

Which interactive information will be converted ?

Hyperlinks

  • navto:// hyperlinks are converted into the equivalent tp-pagelink:// urls.

Audio

  • Auto Play

Video

  • Auto Play
  • Play Full Screen
  • Stop on Last Frame

Slide show

  • Auto Play
  • Tap to Play/Pause
  • Interval
  • Delay
  • Swipe to Change Image
  • Stop at First and Last Image
  • Cross Fade
  • Cross Fade Speed

Web Content

  • URL (only http and https)
  • Transparent Background
  • Scale Content to Fit
  • Allow User Interaction

Scrollable Frame

  • Show Scroll Indicators

Image Sequence

  • Load Images
  • Play in Reverse

Panorama

  • Load Images
  • Initial Zoom
  • Min and Max Field Of View
  • Limit Vertical & Horizontal Pan
  • Vertical & Horizontal

Pan & Zoom

  • On & Off

Nested Interactivity

  • Certain types of nested interactivity that are not supported by Twixl Publisher will not be converted at this time.

HTML resources

In Twixl Publisher, HTML resources used for embedded content in web viewers are placed in a folder called ‘WebResources’. 

You can create this folder manually and place it at the same location of your InDesign book or document, but the plug-in will also create it automatically when you define a Web Viewer for the first time. Note that the contents should not be zipped, and should be placed there as is.

Automated batch conversion of DPS projects

The Twixl Importer plugin does not have an option to batch process the conversion of multiple documents.

However, you should be able to write a JavaScript that does this for a series of documents.

The script should look similar to:

// The following two lines are required for this script to work
#target "indesign"
#targetengine "STAGEMANAGER0"
// Open the document, make sure it can be referenced as app.activeDocument
var myDocument = app.open("<path to my document>");
app.activeDocument = myDocument;
TMImporter_AdobeDPSImporter.processDocument();

At the end of running this script, you will get a script alert saying "Import is done!".

If you want to run the script on many documents at once you can skip the alert by using the command below:

TMImporter_AdobeDPSImporter.processDocument(false);
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