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Adding a page transition in between pages of your PDF file makes for a far more exciting presentation, and what I'm talking about by a presentation I mean is when you put the PDF into full-screen mode by going to View, Full Screen mode, pressing Cmd or Ctrl+L. So notice when you're in presentation mode, full-screen mode, to get from one page to the other, you click or you press the right arrow key, and all that happens is that one page replaces the other, kind of boring. It would be neat if we could have like one-page shimmer into position, replacing the old one, right? That's called a page transition.
You can add page transitions in PowerPoint and include them when you export to PDF. You can also add them in Adobe InDesign and include those when you export to an interactive PDF, but if you forget or you have a boring PDF in front of you that you want to add some transition pizzazz to, it's easy to do. There are two ways to get to the Transitions dialog box. The one that that I usually use is just from the Page Thumbnails. You can select the page, right-click, and choose Page Transitions or you can come up here, and choose Page Transitions to the Page Thumbnail dropdown menu, or you can go to the tools panel down here in Document Processing, where you find Page Transitions.
No matter how you choose it, you're going to end up with the same dialog box and at the top part it says what kind of transition do you want, and at the bottom part is like between which pages. So normally, you have one transition between every page, unless this is the first time you've used it and I can always tell when somebody just discovered transitions because I will get a PDF that has a different transition on every page. They're kind of fun to play with. Now let's just go with the very first one, Blinds, just to see what it looks like. For some of the transitions you have the choice of like how it works; Horizontal, Vertical or diagonal and for many of them you have a choice of the Speed.
I will leave it at Medium. We will look at Auto Flip in a second. Let's just test this one out. So we have applied the Blinds transition to all the pages in this document. I'm going to jump into full-screen mode by pressing Ctrl+L, and the first page Page Transitions that way, I will press the right arrow key, here is page two, page three. So that's a Blind transition. Let's just escape out of there, pressing the Escape key. Let's try something else. I am going to right-click, go to Page Transitions, make sure it says All pages in the document instead of Pages selected in the Pages panel.
Let's just try it one more, Glitter is fun. With the Direction Right Down and a Slow Speed, this time I'm going to choose Auto Flip and Auto Flip is for when you want a self-running demo. So somebody is supposed to be sitting in front of this PDF, maybe you have a voice-over or something, or it's just something running like in a booth, at a conference, and you want the pages to automatically advance. That's what this is. So how often should it advance, I am going to say every 3 seconds, Click OK, Cmd or Ctrl+L to jump into full-screen mode. Ooh! That was pretty! Every 3 seconds it goes ahead and transitions to the very end.
It does not loop around. You can't turn that on with the transitions. So let's press Escape, get back into normal view mode. So again to apply transitions to your pages, you can use the Page Transitions command under the Tools > Document Processing, or just grab it from the Page Thumbnails. Either way, remember that you can only see the transitions when a document is being viewed in full-screen mode, that trips up a lot of people, check it out in on full-screen mode, and have fun.
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