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Case study: The Magic of Reality app

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Video: Case study: The Magic of Reality app

It's becoming increasingly common for richly designed book-like apps to have several kinds of interactivity, including animation, audio and video, and even the use of iPad features like its camera, GPS, and accelerometer. To see some examples, let's take a tour of a very successful book app called The Magic of Reality. The Magic of Reality app is an extension of a book by the same name by noted scientist and author Richard Dawkins. All the text to the print book is in the app and it's enhanced by illustrations, multimedia, animations, and interactivity.

Case study: The Magic of Reality app

It's becoming increasingly common for richly designed book-like apps to have several kinds of interactivity, including animation, audio and video, and even the use of iPad features like its camera, GPS, and accelerometer. To see some examples, let's take a tour of a very successful book app called The Magic of Reality. The Magic of Reality app is an extension of a book by the same name by noted scientist and author Richard Dawkins. All the text to the print book is in the app and it's enhanced by illustrations, multimedia, animations, and interactivity.

This is a science book aimed at young audience with the goal of introducing readers to the awe-aspiring facts of science. The book is composed of 12 chapters, and each one is devoted to answering a question, like, What are things made of, Why do we have day and night, What is the sun, What's a rainbow, and so on? Now the first thing you notice about the book is that it's set up as a single- orientation landscape. The layout doesn't change when you tilt or turn the iPad, so to navigate through the book, you swipe horizontally left and right. When you first open the app you're presented with an introductory video. Then you can swipe to go to the first page. Then to skip to another chapter or to a specific page, you swipe down with two fingers. This reveals the navigation system.

The top row represents the chapters in the book. The row beneath it revels pages within the currently select chapter. If I tap a chapter, its pages come into view. If I swipe the top row, I can scroll through the chapters. Let's check out Chapter 9, Are We alone? First we'll tap the chapter, and then we'll tap the first page of the chapter. Now that I am in Chapter 9, I'll swipe to move through the pages and as I do, you can see some of the animations which loop, so they play continuously, and they tend to be fairly subtle, to not distract too much from the text.

As I swipe to the next page, an alien comes into view and blinks at me. Notice as I swipe again, he moves in the same direction as the text, but not quite as far as the text, so he stays partly visible while I read these next few paragraphs. Then when I swipe to the next page, more aliens pop up. I'll swipe down with two fingers to reveal the navigation again and tap to jump to another page. This page was designed so the graphic stays in view while I swipe through several paragraphs of text/ And at the end of the section, I come to some interactive content. I can tap to play some audio.

(Male speaker: In our galaxy the great majority or stars where we have looked for planets) (Male speaker: have turned out to possess them. So, assuming our galaxy is typical..) I can tap to pause it, and I can drag the slider at the bottom of the screen to zoom in and out on our sun. I can zoom way out past the edge of the Milky Way and on into the unknown and when I'm done, I can tap the X to close this and then swipe to move to the next page. There are several such interactive demos and games that go along with the content of each chapter.

The Magic of Reality is a really rich book app in terms of interactivity, and some of the specific features are beyond what you can presently do with InDesign; however, at its core, this is a book with a well-designed layout, a navigation system, plus audio and video, animations, and other elements that you control by tapping or swiping, and all those are things that you can build with InDesign.

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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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