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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Building a navigation system


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Building a navigation system

So far, we have seen a couple of different ways of adding navigation controls to our documents, things like hyperlinks and buttons to make clickable table of contents. Another kind of navigation system is one that uses buttons with rollover states that give the user a thumbnail preview of the page they'll go to if they click the button. So let's make some of those. I have set up each page of this document with two small picture frames near the sides and the bottom, plus triangles that look like arrows pointing forward and back. What I am gong to do is convert these objects to buttons and then give the triangle buttons three separate actions: one to navigate to either the next or previous page, one to show a thumbnail preview of that page when I roll over the triangle, and one to hide the thumbnail when I roll off the triangle.
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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

Building a navigation system

So far, we have seen a couple of different ways of adding navigation controls to our documents, things like hyperlinks and buttons to make clickable table of contents. Another kind of navigation system is one that uses buttons with rollover states that give the user a thumbnail preview of the page they'll go to if they click the button. So let's make some of those. I have set up each page of this document with two small picture frames near the sides and the bottom, plus triangles that look like arrows pointing forward and back. What I am gong to do is convert these objects to buttons and then give the triangle buttons three separate actions: one to navigate to either the next or previous page, one to show a thumbnail preview of that page when I roll over the triangle, and one to hide the thumbnail when I roll off the triangle.

It might sound a little complicated, but it's really not that hard. I'll start by selecting all four objects. I'll Shift+Click, I'll go to my Buttons and Forms panel, and click to create buttons. Since they weren't grouped, they become four separate buttons. Now I have named the buttons that hold the thumbnail images of the pages. So right now I am on page 2. So for the button on the left, I'll call it Page 1 TN, TN being for thumbnail. The Event will be On Release or Tap and the Action will be Go To Previous Page.

I'll select the frame on the right, and this will go to page 3, so I'll call it Page 3 TN, On Release or Tap, Go To Next Page. Now I'll place the thumbnail images into these buttons. I previously exported this document as a PDF, and now I want to place the pages of that PDF as my thumbnails. So I'll choose File > Place or press Command+D or Ctrl+D and in my Links folder I'll scroll down until I see Rouxinteractive.pdf.

I'll hold the Shift key and click Open. That will give me my Import Options. And in this case, I want Page 1 for the first thumbnail, so I'll click OK and place it into that frame. Now I'll select the other frame, choose Place again, scroll down to Rouxinteractive.pdf, I'll hold Shift and click Open. And this thumbnail needs to go to Page 3. So instead of the Previewed Page, I just one go to Page 3. I'll click on Range and enter 3.

So now I have my thumbnails in place. I'll select both thumbnail buttons and make sure that Hidden Until Triggered is selected. I'll deselect and let's work on the triangle buttons. I'll select the one on the left. I'll give it a name. I'll call it Go To Page 1, On Release or Tap for the Event and the Action, Go To Previous Page. Now I'll choose another event--On Rollover--I'll choose Show Hide Buttons, and Forms and select my Page 1 Thumbnail button.

Then I'll choose On Roll Off, Show Hide Buttons and Forms, and Hide the Page 1 Thumbnail. And now let's select other triangle. We will call it Go To Page 3, On Rollover, Show Hide Buttons and Forms, Page 3 Thumbnail. On Roll Off, Show Hide Buttons and Forms and Hide the Page 3 Thumbnail, and I'd repeat the process throughout the document with all the page thumbnails and all the arrow buttons.

Now let's preview the document. I can roll over the triangle. It shows me the preview of the next page. And I can navigate through the document this way. So this was a nice example of what you can do when you assign multiple actions to a button. In this case, we assigned three actions to a button: one action showed an image when we rolled over the button, another action hid that image when we rolled off, and the third action will let navigate us to a different page when we click the button.

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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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