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Adding web content

From: InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Video: Adding web content

You can add content from web sites to the pages of your folios with the web content overlay. This way you can display web content without the need for a separate browser. Let's see how! With CS6, there are two ways to create a web content overlay. With the first way, we start with the frame. The frame creates the viewing area in which the web content will appear. If I use an empty frame or a text frame, there won't any poster which is the static image that appears in the folio before the web content. If I use a frame containing a placed graphic or just a fill color, those will be the poster.

Adding web content

You can add content from web sites to the pages of your folios with the web content overlay. This way you can display web content without the need for a separate browser. Let's see how! With CS6, there are two ways to create a web content overlay. With the first way, we start with the frame. The frame creates the viewing area in which the web content will appear. If I use an empty frame or a text frame, there won't any poster which is the static image that appears in the folio before the web content. If I use a frame containing a placed graphic or just a fill color, those will be the poster.

So here I have a placed photo of the Roux web site and I want it so when the user taps this it's replaced with the actual Roux web site in this area. I'll select the placed photo and in my Folio Overlays panel, I can see I've entered the URL for the Roux Academy right here, and I have some options; I can set it to Auto Play, so the page will load immediately as soon as this page is viewed, or I can leave this off and force the user to tap to view the web content. If I select Auto Play, I can also set the Delay, so it doesn't appear immediately when the page loads. I'll deselect that for now, so I want the person to have to tap to see the web page here.

I can also select options like Transparent Background. If I select this option and the web page I'm viewing has a transparent background, then I can see through the overlay to what's beneath it in my layout, otherwise I'll see the web content background. I can choose to Allow User Interaction or not, and no user interaction really means no interaction. The user can't click links in the page, they can't even scroll it. They can only view the content. And finally, I can set the web content to scale to fit the container I drew or to remain its original size. If I don't scale the web content and its larger than the frame I'm displaying it in, the web content will appear cropped and the user will be able to scroll to see everything.

So I'll leave this set on Scale Content to Fit. Now I also want a Google Map to appear over here in my design, and for that, I can take advantage of a new feature in CS6, where I can simply paste HTML code into my layout and have the web content overlay automatically created. So I'll switch over to my web browser, and here have the Roux Academy web site. I'm going to scroll down and I have the actual address here. I'll copy that. I'll switch over to Google Maps and paste it in, and press Return or Enter. And what I want to do is to get the code to paste into InDesign.

So I'll click on the link, and right here, Paste HTML to embed in web site, I'll just click once to select that and copy it. I'll go back to InDesign and paste. And InDesign goes ahead and creates a little frame for me, and when it's done, I can see that web content. Now this is just a static picture, and in fact, I can scale it down if I want to. So I'll Command+Shift+Drag or Ctrl+ Shift+Drag on the PC to make that frame smaller and fit in this area. And if I look in the web content overlay, I have some of the same options; I can Auto Play, I can choose the Transparent Background, I'll Allow User Interaction and I'll Scale the Content to Fit. Now let's preview.

Here are the posters, I can click on one, and now here's the actual Roux Academy web site where I can click and view the content. I can click Done, go back to my layout and I can click the Google Map, and scroll around it, and use its controls. And there's one more thing I want to show you back in InDesign and that's that you can take advantage of editing the HTML code when you place it directly into InDesign. I'll just right-click on the Google Map and I'll select Edit HTML, and here's that code that I copied and pasted from the Google Maps web site, and if I wanted to tweak any of that code, I could do so right here.

Adding web content to your folios can be a great way to enhance the overall experience by bringing dynamic content right onto the page, and you have control over when that content appears, how big it is, and whether users can interact with it.

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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

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Mike Rankin
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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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