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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Creating alternate layouts


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Creating alternate layouts

Once you have a grasp of Liquid Layout, the task of creating alternate layouts for different screen sizes and orientations can be done without a lot of hassle and unwanted surprises. Let's see how they work. So here I have a document, and the document size is 1024 x 768 in a vertical orientation. And I'd like to create a second horizontal version, because I want to publish this document to the iPad and when the user turns the iPad horizontally, I want the layout to fit that orientation. So in this document, all document pages are based on one master page. So if I go to the Pages panel, I can see I have just one master page, A-Master, and all my document pages are based on that.
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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

Creating alternate layouts

Once you have a grasp of Liquid Layout, the task of creating alternate layouts for different screen sizes and orientations can be done without a lot of hassle and unwanted surprises. Let's see how they work. So here I have a document, and the document size is 1024 x 768 in a vertical orientation. And I'd like to create a second horizontal version, because I want to publish this document to the iPad and when the user turns the iPad horizontally, I want the layout to fit that orientation. So in this document, all document pages are based on one master page. So if I go to the Pages panel, I can see I have just one master page, A-Master, and all my document pages are based on that.

I am going to double-click on it to look at the A-Master page, and I'm going to take the Page tool and select this master page. I can see up in the control panel that the Liquid Page rule in effect is Object-based, and if I click on the picture frame, I can see that it's height and width are flexible with these little springs here, and it has been pinned to the top and the sides--that I can tell by the little filled-in circles. The text frame underneath has not been pinned, so all the circles are white and its height and width are also flexible.

Also, I want to look at this Text Frames option, so I'll take my Selection tool and I'll Option+Double-Click or Alt+Double-Click to bring up the Text Frame Options dialog box. And the specific option I'm interested here is a new one in CS6, and that's called Auto-Size. I can see that the text frames in this document that are based on this text frame will expand in height only from the top. Cancel out. And now I'm ready to create my alternate layout. In the Pages panel, I'll double-click to view page 1, and I'll right-click in that area and choose View Pages > By Alternate Layout. Then I'll click on the little triangle next to the layout name and choose Create Alternate Layout.

And InDesign rightly guessed that I want a horizontal version of my vertical iPad layout and for the Liquid Page Rule, I'm going to choose Preserve Existing, although I could overrule that by picking a Liquid Page Rule from this menu. I'm going to leave the other settings at their defaults and click OK. And now I have a horizontal version of my vertical layout. I can click the button at the bottom of my window in the bottom-right corner and split the layout view, and now I can view both of my layouts side by side. So in this window I'll view the vertical layout, and in this one I'll view the horizontal layout.

Close up the Pages panel a little bit and move the divider over so I can see a little bit better. And I can page through and check out each page to compare them. Now, there are couples of things I want to point out about the alternate layout. The first thing is, notice that we now have icons in the top of each frame, these little link icons. That means that the content in these frames is linked to the original layout. So if I make a change in the original layout--say I'll take this word out--go to my alternate layout and now I can see that the text has been modified here, so if I switch to my Selection tool and click on the Modified icon, the text update, so I have the same text in both of my layouts.

The second thing I want to point out is in the Paragraph and Character Styles panel, so I'll open them up by choosing Window > Styles > Paragraph Styles. And I can see that InDesign has gone ahead and created style sets for each of my layouts. So if I tip them open, I have paragraph styles for the iPad Vertical and the iPad Horizontal. So if need to tweak the paragraph or character styles for one of the layouts, I don't have to mess up the text formatting in one layout, or create and apply new styles; this can be a real time saver. The options to create these style sets and to link the stories were in those defaults that I left selected in the Create Alternate Layout dialog box.

So the ability to quickly create multiple alternate layouts and keep them in the same document can be useful for lots of different workflows, including a traditional print workflow, but it's especially useful for creating documents you want to deliver onscreen to different devices with varying screen sizes and orientations.

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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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