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Non-linear Navigation with InDesign & in5 (Basic)

Let readers pick their own path (no coding required).

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What does it take to create a non-linear presentation or "choose your own adventure" story?

Whether you're creating a story, game, classroom activity, technical documentation, or anything with hierarchical information—understanding how to create an interactive experience that's tailored to your audience is a valuable asset.

Simplify the reader experience by only showing them the relevant sections of your document based on their selections.

In this short course, you learn how to

  • Remove linear navigation (e.g., back and next buttons, page thumbnails, etc)
  • Create custom navigation that forks in the path that your reader selects
  • Set up your document to make your life as the designer easier

Short on time? No problem. This course will get you up and running quickly.

Your colleagues will think that you've suddenly learned how to code...that'll be our little secret. ;-)


This is the Basic version of the course, meaning it's just the videos.

If you want Exercise Files, Discussions, and Downloadable Transcripts; check out the Premium version of this course.



You can also get Basic or Premium access to the entire library on Ajar Academy.


Your Instructor


Justin Putney
Justin Putney

Justin is the creator of in5 and the owner of Ajar Productions.

He is a self-taught designer and programmer. Through Ajar Productions, Justin brings developer tools and know-how to visual thinkers—helping his customers publish interactive HTML sites and apps using Adobe InDesign.

Justin is a frequent conference speaker and has been an author with Lynda.com (Linkedin Learning) and Adobe Press.


Class Curriculum


  1. Introduction
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  2. Setting up the export options
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  5. Advanced setup options
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  6. Conclusion
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"These videos gave me a few key nuggets that completely changed what I've been doing and opened so many possibilities.

- Autumn Gardner, Art Director

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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