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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Animating on a motion path


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Animating on a motion path

Having the animation presets to work with is great. It saves you the time and effort of creating animations from scratch. The downside of working with presets is well, they are preset to do specific things, and if those aren't the specific things you want, then you have to do some customizing. One way to customize an animation is to create your own motion paths. So if I select this frame over here on the left, and look in the Animation panel, I can see that it's currently using the Preset Fade In and the Event is On Page Load. So it appears one second after the page loads.
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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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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
5h 11m Intermediate Jun 11, 2012

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Join Adobe InDesign and publishing expert Mike Rankin as he explains how to use InDesign to design a wide range of digital documents, including interactive PDFs and apps for the iPad. This course provides a tour of digital publishing trends and shows how to bring these trends to bear in various projects, such as a slide presentation, a PDF form, and an interactive portfolio. Mike also introduces the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and shows how to publish dynamic interactive documents to the iPad and other mobile devices.

Topics include:
  • Examining trends in digital design
  • Setting preferences for interactive documents
  • Understanding intent and presets
  • Working with images and swatches
  • Creating and working with interactive PDFs
  • Creating alternate layouts for multiple screens
  • Linking text and page items
  • Fitting frames to content
  • Setting up a file with layers
  • Creating a slideshow with transitions and hyperlinks
  • Building a table of contents
  • Adding a SWF slideshow to a PDF
  • Placing video
  • Creating PDF forms
  • Adding animation
  • Working with the Digital Publishing Suite
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing PDF Projects
Software:
InDesign Digital Publishing Suite
Author:
Mike Rankin

Animating on a motion path

Having the animation presets to work with is great. It saves you the time and effort of creating animations from scratch. The downside of working with presets is well, they are preset to do specific things, and if those aren't the specific things you want, then you have to do some customizing. One way to customize an animation is to create your own motion paths. So if I select this frame over here on the left, and look in the Animation panel, I can see that it's currently using the Preset Fade In and the Event is On Page Load. So it appears one second after the page loads.

But we could experiment with other kinds of animation to bring people's attention to this person's name. For example, we could have that text frame come up by choosing Fly in from Bottom. Let's choose that from the Preset menu, and we'll Preview. Now that was a little too fast for my taste. So let's go back to the Animation panel, and change the Duration. Let's change it from 1 second to 5 seconds, and Preview again, and there's a slower effect.

Another thing we could change is to make the name start out lower on the page, but end up in the same place. Go back to the panel again, now with the frame selected, I can see the motion path, and I can click on it, and interact with it like I can with any InDesign path. So I can press the A key on my keyboard to get my Direct Selection tool. I can click on one of the end points, and I can drag down. I'll hold Shift to constrain it, and let's preview again.

Now the animation starts right down here where I left that control point. I didn't change the direction of that path, just the length. So the animation still last 5 seconds, but now it covers more distance in that time. If I wanted to change the direction of the animation, I can select the end point and say, I'll drag it up here to the top-left corner of the document. So now the name will come down like this. Let's preview again. I can also add a curve to the path, so if I don't want the animation to move in a straight line, I can change it.

This time, I'll hold Command+Option or Ctrl+Alt on the PC to get my Convert Direction Point tool and I'll click and drag to make this path curve. So now the animation will follow this line. Preview again, and it's a different effect. I can also draw brand new paths and convert them to motion paths. I'll hide the Preview panel, and take my Selection tool, and click on the motion path, and I'll delete it. So now this animation has no motion path, but I'm going to draw a new one.

I will take my Rectangle Frame tool, and click and drag out a square. Take my Selection tool and select both my new square and the animation. Go to the Animation panel, and down at the bottom, I have this little curved arrow which is Convert to Motion Path. I'll click on that, and now you can see my square looks green like one of the motion paths. Let's preview. I couldn't see that very well because the fade in is still part of this animation.

So let's take that off. Hide the Preview panel, go to the Animation panel, and we'll take off Fade In, and preview again. Now that was really fast because the animation is covering a lot of distance in just a few seconds. But you get the idea. Whatever path I draw, the animation will follow when I convert it to a motion path. You can also convert paths that you draw with the Pen tool or the Pencil tool to motion paths the same way. You can even copy and paste paths from other applications like Photoshop and Illustrator, and make them into your motion paths.

So when it comes to putting objects in motion, you really can do just about anything you can imagine since you can take any path and use it as a motion path for your animation.

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Q: I'm following along with the movie "Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF," but when I go to the Tools menu in Acrobat, there is no Multimedia option. Can you help me complete the tutorial?
A: With each new version of Acrobat, Adobe seems to enjoy moving commands to different menus, and sometimes renaming them. To remove the background in Acrobat XI, take the Selection tool (black arrow) and right-click anywhere in the window and choose Properties. This opens the Edit SWF dialog box where you can select Transparent Background in the Launch Settings. You can do the same thing by choosing Tools > Interactive Objects > Select Object and then double clicking anywhere on the SWF.
 
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