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Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide

A terrific example of what you can create with InDesign's interactive features is Marijan Tompa's interactive shortcuts guide for InDesign CS5. You can find it at his web site tomaxxi.com. This is a comprehensive guide to all of the keyboard shortcuts for InDesign, for both Mac and PC, packaged in an attractive and really fun-to-use, interactive experience. If you like using InDesign, you may start exploring here and find yourself wanting to keep going and learning more and more, because it's so easy to use and so well designed. The guide is in the form of an animated keyboard that reveals all of InDesign's keyboard shortcuts as you interact with each key.
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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

Case study: tomaxxi's InDesign shortcuts guide

A terrific example of what you can create with InDesign's interactive features is Marijan Tompa's interactive shortcuts guide for InDesign CS5. You can find it at his web site tomaxxi.com. This is a comprehensive guide to all of the keyboard shortcuts for InDesign, for both Mac and PC, packaged in an attractive and really fun-to-use, interactive experience. If you like using InDesign, you may start exploring here and find yourself wanting to keep going and learning more and more, because it's so easy to use and so well designed. The guide is in the form of an animated keyboard that reveals all of InDesign's keyboard shortcuts as you interact with each key.

So as you roll over a key, you see a pop-up describing the most-used functions associated with that key, and when you roll off, the pop-up disappears. When you click on a key, you see all the shortcuts that used that key displayed in the table, and you can close this table by clicking the X. For some keys, there's more information than can fit on one window, so there are buttons in the bottom and right to go to the next page. So, for example, Up has two pages. I can go to page 2 or back to page 1, and close it. There are also buttons to email Marijan, to follow him on Twitter, to learn about where he lives, and to go to his web site.

There is also an About page and even a Quick Start Guide. Now what we're looking at here is a SWF file that was exported from InDesign. It's also available as a stand-alone AIR application you can download and run from your computer. But the key point is that no other program was used to create the interactivity in the SWF file--no Photoshop, no Illustrator, no Flash--just pure InDesign, and Marijan was kind enough to share his original InDesign file with me. We'll switch over to InDesign and take a look at that, and when I poke around inside the file, I can see just how he accomplished all that slick interactivity.

You can see right away there is a lot of elements here, but let's just take one and see how it works. So, if I select the T key and I go over to my Buttons and Forms panel, I can see that this is a button with the name T and the event On Release or Tap has two actions. The first one is Go To State of a multi-state object called myShortcuts and go to State T. So if I select that multi-state object and go to my Object States panel, I can see that there are states for every single key, and this is what provides us those pop-up menus. So I'll scroll all the way down till I find T and show that state, and there we can see the key explanation.

I'll scroll back up and go to the blank state, and we'll go back to the Buttons and Forms panel. So there's another action also, which is Show/Hide Buttons and Forms, and this will just show the myClose button, which is this one right here. The myClose button will go to the blank state of the multi-state object, basically resetting the keyboard to its original appearance. The T key also has more events. So on rollover, it will play an animation, the T_info Animation, and it will reverse it on rolloff, and this object right above is what's animated. You can see the motion path coming down and I'll go to the Animation panel, T_info, Fly in from Top, On Roll Over.

We can see the animation takes half a second. It's going to animate to its current location, it's going to fade in, and it's hidden until the animation starts. All in all, it's a very well- thought-out and well-executed plan. Marijan described the workflow he used on his web site. He started by collecting all the information for his guide, all the keyboard shortcuts for both Mac and PC, and then he designed the layout and the appearance of all the keys and pop-ups. Then he created object styles to apply to each of the keys for three states-- Normal, Over, and Click--and then he input all the shortcut information into tables and used a script to merge those pages into multi-state objects.

Then he assigned every key to a multi- state object state and finally exported the whole thing to SWF. Now you might be wondering if there's some kind of trickery here because a script was used, but the script just help speed things up, because there were so much content to deal with and Marijan happens to be an expert scripter. So it just made sense for him to do it that way to save time and effort, but you could still do everything to make a project like this without the aid of a script; it would just take longer. In any case, it's a truly impressive piece of work. Tomoxxi's interactive shortcuts guide is a terrific example of how much interactivity you can pack into a document created with InDesign.

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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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