Switching to Dynamic Templates in HTML5

As Adobe plans to deprecate Adobe Flash in December 2020 and most browsers will cease support for the software platform, accounts using the Dynamic Templates add-on will be converted to HTML5.  The HTML5 version of Dynamic Templates is currently in open beta and can be enabled for Webdam accounts.  Reach out to your Customer Success Manager or submit a ticket to have your account included.  

This article will cover the differences between the Flash and HTML5 versions of Dynamic Templates.  

We are planning on converting all accounts using the Dynamic Templates add-on to HTML5 in Q3 of 2020.  

 

Common Questions on Switching to HTML5

Do we need to re-package or update templates in the PrintUI Plugin or InDesign?

No.  The new framework seamlessly supports dynamic templates no matter when they were created.  

Does the InDesign plugin need to be updated?

No.  You can use whichever version of the plugin is currently installed.  If you haven't updated the plugin recently, the latest version is available on our article, Dynamic Templates: Installation and Setup.

Have there been any feature changes or updates in the new version?

The HTML5 version of Dynamic Templates has feature parity with the Flash version, so all the features of the Flash version are available.  You will not need to make any changes to your system preferences to keep these features.  The HTML5 version also has some additional options that will let you add unique customizations to the user interface.  These are available as run-time options you can add under system preferences.  

 

Changes to the user interface (UI)

The new UI for HTML5 templates is signicantly different from Flash.  In Flash, most tools appear when a user clicks on the elements in the template.  With HTML5, those tools are in flyout panels on the left and right side of the view:

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Manipulating Images

Page and image controls are located on the left.  Under "Pages" users will navigate between pages of the layout, or move/delete pages if that feature is enabled.  Under "Images" users can insert images that were related to the template in the DAM, or to upload images locally or from an image service: 

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To change images in the layout, users select the image in the layout and click the intended asset in the left panel.  If enabled, the right panel will have controls to rotate, crop, align, or create a hyperlink.

Manipulating Text

Similarly to images, users can add or change text in the layout by clicking that element and typing the intended copy.  By default, the text will be locked to the size and font defined in the InDesign layout, but any other changes a user can make will be available in the right panel:

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Depending on what controls are available to a user, from this panel users can change font, face, sizing, and other features.  Note that this is off by default, but full (or partial) controls can be enabled in the admin preferences of the DAM. 

Once complete, a user can download their modified document by clicking the "Finished" icon.  A download panel will appear from which users can select to either download or save their edits, and select the download formats they require:

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