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Integrate Adobe Express/Canva into Indesign

Explorer ,
Jan 11, 2023 Jan 11, 2023

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So Adobe Indesign has some BASIC animations and I feel this is a completely missed opportunity on Adobe's behalf. Apps like Canva have been spreading like wildfire for years and while Adobe has released Express it is a poor cousin. The idea behind Express/Canva is to have an easy-to-create, templated video/animated solution for social media (which let's face it, is mostly video now), yet as a very heavy InDesign user I should be able to animate and export these animations while also taking advantage of the powerful mail merge (text, images, and it really needs to also have swatches), bulk relinking, dynamically updating files features that we all know and love within the adobe suite.

 

What I would love to see included in Indesign

1/ export of animation in mp4 and gif (including transparency) formats.

2/ Improved Animation (on a page and page transitions)

3/ Additionally, the use of MOGRTs or being able to make your own custom animations with placeholders would be amazing.

 

Why Adobe Express doesn't work

- Creative Cloud Library files are not dynamic, which means having to upload every single element you want to use (for me that's around about 50 every month - same templated files, different theming).

- These files are already on my computer and such a waste of time and resources to upload and replace each image when it's already on my computer. I may as well use Canva which has much more variety.

- Also limited in animations

 

Why Photoshop/After Effects/Premiere doesn't work

- it lacks the ease to mailmerge multiple items so relinking is arduous

 

Why in5 doesn't work

- it's limited (gifs are created by screen recording in your browser so it cannot do transparent gifs)

 

I know a lot of people think that animation and InDesign are in the past, but if you look at businesses that have basically made a multimillion-dollar business out of that base premise I guarantee you will see they have a bright future together.

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Jan 11, 2023 Jan 11, 2023

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The forum is for user to user to help - users helping each other to figure out ways of achieving.

 

This isn't a help request - rather a feature request whcich you can submit here

https://indesign.uservoice.com/



 

 

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Jan 12, 2023 Jan 12, 2023

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Canva is one online tool, largely for amateur/office/executive users and the modestly skilled who depend on templates, automated design and smartphone-level tools to do largely cookie-cutter, often disposable work, mostly for online use. That is, folks who don't need Photoshop because their iPhone has 238 one-click filters.

 

InDesign is one very complex professional tool amid a set of what is pretty much the world's premiere professional tools for every form of media design and development, a set that includes extremely sophisticated video and motion graphics tools.

 

While I wish Adobe in general had platform-level support for HTML5 animation, on the level everything once supported Flash, I don't really care that I have to use a separate, highly optimized tool to do animations, and can't do it within a highly optimized publication design tool.

 

But there's always Canva for those who disagree.

 


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