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Adding articles to a folio

From: InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Video: Adding articles to a folio

In DPS, a folio corresponds to an individual publication like the issue of a magazine, but a magazine without articles would be just about empty. Likewise in order for your folio to have content you have to add articles to the folio. So let's see how. There are two sources for articles in DPS, InDesign documents and HTML files. And there are two methods for adding articles to a folio. You can create an article based on an open InDesign document or you can import documents from a folder. Here we are going to add two articles to a folio from open InDesign documents.

Adding articles to a folio

In DPS, a folio corresponds to an individual publication like the issue of a magazine, but a magazine without articles would be just about empty. Likewise in order for your folio to have content you have to add articles to the folio. So let's see how. There are two sources for articles in DPS, InDesign documents and HTML files. And there are two methods for adding articles to a folio. You can create an article based on an open InDesign document or you can import documents from a folder. Here we are going to add two articles to a folio from open InDesign documents.

Articles can include one layout or two layouts for portrait and landscape orientation, but you can't mix and match within a folio and have some articles horizontal and other's vertical. All articles in a folio must be portrait only, landscape only, or dual-orientation. And that's what I have here, both of my InDesign files have both horizontal and vertical versions of the layout that I can see in the Pages panel. So let's go to the Folio Builder panel and I'll quickly build a new folio. I will call it Roux Academy.

I will leave the size 1024x768, dual-orientation. I will create a local folio and I can upload it later, and I will leave the Default Format at Automatic and JPEG Quality is High. Now I am at the Articles level and I can click Add to add the current document to my folio. I will call the new article Catalog and I will leave all the rest of the default as they are. Now that the Catalog article has been added to the folio, let's add another.

I will switch to my other document, click Add, and this one I will call Reasons and click OK. Once the articles have been added, I can click on them and I can view the layouts. So here's my landscape and here's the portrait version. I will click the triangle to go up to the Folio view and I will click Preview. Here is my first article, the catalog.

I can scroll through it and I actually created a link between this article and the other article. I can click on to go to the Reasons article. I can click and view my scrollable content here and I also have a link back to the original article. In the Content Viewer application I can also change the view, so I can switch to the portrait orientation and see how my layout looks there. Let's switch back to InDesign and I mentioned earlier there are other ways of adding articles besides creating them from currently opened InDesign documents.

One way is to import articles in the Folio Builder panel. So when I am at the Articles level, right here, I can go to the Panel menu and choose Import. In the dialog box I can either choose to import a single article or multiple articles. And I have the same options as they did in the New Article dialog box with one exception, down at the bottom I can specify a location to import the article from. Now if I want to import multiple articles at once I can make that selection and then I just specify the location.

However, in order for this to work I would first have to make sure that I had my files named in a specific manner and located in a specific folder structure. Let's switch over to the Finder and take a look at that folder structure. So at the top-level, everything is contained in a folder that corresponds to the folio. Inside that are subfolders for each article and if you're creating a single orientation, just horizontal or vertical, the article folders can contain only one InDesign file with _h or _v suffix at the end of the file name.

If you're creating dual-orientation folios each article must contain two InDesign documents, one with an _h and one with an _v. If you want to create a PNG file for the table of contents thumbnail that can also be in the article folder. The last option for importing an article into a folio is to not use InDesign as your source file at all, but instead to specify HTML content. What you'd need in that case is a folder with your HTML assets. Switch back to InDesign, and at the Articles view of the Folio Builder panel, you go to the Panel menu and choose Import.

In the dialog box choose Import a Single Article and set the options as you would for other articles, and choose the location that is the folder containing your HTML assets, including an HTML file, an images folder, and CSS for formatting the content. There are naming requirements to for HTML articles similar to what we saw for InDesign-based articles. You can use a single HTML file for both portrait and landscape orientations, or you can use separate files for the two orientations. If you're using separate HTML files you add the _v and _h suffixes at the end of the HTML file names.

If you're adding an HTML article to a single-orientation folio, you need only one HTML file with the _h or _v suffix. One other thing to note at this point about HTML articles and that's an alternative to having all the assets for each HTML file in a folder. There is also another option which is to put all the assets like images and scripts for the whole folio into one HTML resources folder which you can then import into the folio from the Folio Builder Panel menu. That's this choice right here. The file you import here must be a compressed ZIP archive with the exact name HTMLResources.zip with no spaces.

In this movie we saw how to add content to our folios from InDesign files either by adding the current document or by importing InDesign documents or HTML files that are located and named in a way that the DPS tools understand.

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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

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  1. 1m 45s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files and scripts
      43s
  2. 22m 41s
    1. Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide
      4m 19s
    2. Case study: The Magic of Reality app
      3m 20s
    3. Exploring PDF digital magazines: InDesign Magazine
      2m 45s
    4. Looking at digital newspapers: BostonGlobe.com
      3m 44s
    5. Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic
      4m 58s
    6. Exploring iamboundless.com
      3m 35s
  3. 21m 56s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      6m 32s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      5m 48s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      3m 5s
    4. Working with images and swatches
      5m 2s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 29s
  4. 37m 24s
    1. Using Liquid Layout
      9m 17s
    2. Creating alternate layouts
      4m 4s
    3. Using primary text frames
      3m 49s
    4. Using the Content Conveyor
      5m 42s
    5. Linking text
      4m 32s
    6. Linking page items
      3m 19s
    7. Fitting frames to content
      3m 33s
    8. Using style mapping
      3m 8s
  5. 49m 48s
    1. Reviewing what we're going to build
      1m 56s
    2. Previewing with the SWF Preview panel
      4m 51s
    3. Presentation design tips
      2m 41s
    4. Setting up a presentation file with layers
      4m 53s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      8m 32s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      7m 57s
    7. Overriding master page items
      5m 59s
    8. Setting page transitions
      4m 34s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      3m 40s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      4m 45s
  6. 37m 40s
    1. Understanding what we're going to build
      1m 11s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      5m 9s
    3. Building a navigation system
      4m 5s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 33s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      9m 33s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      5m 44s
    7. Setting navigation points
      4m 28s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      1m 21s
    9. Creating hyperlinks from URLs
      2m 36s
  7. 18m 6s
    1. An overview of PDF forms
      2m 6s
    2. Creating text fields and signature fields
      3m 13s
    3. Creating list boxes and combo boxes
      3m 55s
    4. Creating checkboxes and radio buttons
      3m 47s
    5. Creating tab order for PDF forms
      3m 14s
    6. Creating Submit, Print, and Clear Form actions
      1m 51s
  8. 53m 36s
    1. Exploring the Animation Encyclopedia script
      10m 57s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      6m 56s
    3. Animating on a motion path
      3m 57s
    4. Animating a list
      4m 29s
    5. Creating navigation buttons
      5m 15s
    6. Creating a multi-state object
      6m 23s
    7. Creating a page number indicator
      2m 57s
    8. Animating an opening page
      3m 9s
    9. Creating a multi-purpose button
      3m 11s
    10. Exporting your presentation and embedded fonts to SWF
      3m 46s
    11. Working with transitions and animation
      2m 36s
  9. 40m 34s
    1. An overview of the DPS workflow and the publishing process
      4m 31s
    2. Creating hyperlinks
      5m 17s
    3. Creating slideshows
      3m 25s
    4. Using the Image Sequence feature
      4m 58s
    5. Adding audio and video
      5m 6s
    6. Creating panoramas
      4m 21s
    7. Adding web content
      3m 56s
    8. Panning and zooming
      4m 1s
    9. Creating scrollable frames
      4m 59s
  10. 27m 18s
    1. Using the Folio Builder panel
      5m 28s
    2. Creating a folio
      5m 28s
    3. Adding articles to a folio
      5m 47s
    4. Using the Content Viewer to preview a folio
      3m 53s
    5. Using the Folio Producer
      4m 54s
    6. Viewing a folio on an iPad
      1m 48s
  11. 49s
    1. Next steps
      49s

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