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Creating a multi-state object

From: InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Video: Creating a multi-state object

When you want to include a slideshow in your interactive document, one of the best tools to use is a multi-state object. So here I have a document that's an artist portfolio, and I'd like to create a slideshow where I can click buttons to view each piece of the portfolio. And each piece consists of a placed image of a painting, plus a caption with a description of the painting. And to accomplish this I am going to include them all in a multi-state object, and turn these little triangles here into buttons to navigate through the multi-state object and play the slideshow.

Creating a multi-state object

When you want to include a slideshow in your interactive document, one of the best tools to use is a multi-state object. So here I have a document that's an artist portfolio, and I'd like to create a slideshow where I can click buttons to view each piece of the portfolio. And each piece consists of a placed image of a painting, plus a caption with a description of the painting. And to accomplish this I am going to include them all in a multi-state object, and turn these little triangles here into buttons to navigate through the multi-state object and play the slideshow.

If I look at my Layers panel, I can see that I've organized this document into few different layers; buttons, extra images, images and the background. If I tip open images, I have four different objects here that correspond to groups. If I move one you can see what it is, it's the painting plus the description. I'll just undo, and I've named each one of these for the names of the paintings. To make my multi-state object, I want to select everything on the images layer. So I am going to click to the right on the little green square and that selects all the objects.

Now I'll go to my Object States panel and click on the button down the bottom to convert it to a multi-state object. I'll give it a name, under Object Name, I'll call it Portfolio. And I can click on each one in the panel to see each state of the multi-state object. So each of one of these will correspond to one of the states in the slideshow. If I want to change the order, I can just drag any one of these objects up or down inside the panel. You can have as many objects as you want in a state and you can have as many states in the multi-state object as you want, but the trick is only one state can be visible at a time.

And there are three different levels of selections that you can have in a multi-state object, and the Object States panel will indicate exactly what you have selected. So if I don't have any multi-state object selected, the panel is empty. If I select a multi-state object, I see the different states, and up here I can see this icon telling me that I have the entire multi-state object selected. I can also see that down at the bottom of the panel where it says all states selected. So if I want to move or transform everything in all states, I can do that right now. For example, if I wanted to scale down the entire slideshow, I could go to the Control panel and change the Size.

So I'll go down to 75%. And I can click through and see the different states were also scaled. I'll undo a couple of times to just go back, so it's 100% size. What if I wanted to just make a change to one state? Well then I can click on that state in the panel, and see how the icon changed over here? This tells me that I have just one state selected and I also see an indicator right here to the right. And at the bottom of the panel it tells me State selected. So if I move objects in this state the others are unaffected.

So I can slide this painting over, and then if I switch to the other states, they haven't moved. I'll undo to put that state back where it was, and I can also select a single object within a state by double -clicking on it in the layout. So for example, if I double-click and I can select just the painting but not the caption, and then I could transform it, rotate it or whatever, and you see that the caption is not rotated. I get a little feedback in the panel too, now the square is filled in and at the bottom it tells me Object in state selected, I'll undo.

I can add objects to a state by cutting or copying them to my clipboard and either right-clicking on the state and choosing paste into state, or using the button at the bottom of the panel. I can remove a state from a multi- state object by selecting it and right-clicking on it and choosing Delete. I'll cancel out of there. Or I could also click on the trashcan at the bottom of the panel to delete that selected state. I can also add a state to a multi-state object; say I wanted to add another painting to the portfolio.

If I go to my Layers panel, in the extra images layer, I actually have just such a thing. I have another painting and another description. I'd like to add this Smirched object to my multi-state object. Well I'll go to the Object States panel, I am going to click and drag to select both the painting I want to add to the multi-state object and the multi-state object itself, and I get some instructions in the panel. I have three options. First, I can click the Add button to insert this new group into the Visible state, or I can click the New button to add each object I have selected as a separate new state in the current multi-state object.

Or third, I can Option+Click or Alt+ Click and add all the selected objects together into one new state in the current multi-state object. Since I have just one group selected, there is no difference between clicking on the New button and Option+Clicking or Alt +Clicking on it, so I'll just click it, and now I see I have a new state in my multi-state object. Now let's make this a working slideshow by adding some controls to it. That's what these triangles up here were for. I'll select the one pointing to the right and I'll go to the Buttons panel and click Button.

I'll give it a name, we'll just call it next state. I'll add an Action > Go To Next State and it chooses the Object, Portfolio, and I have the option to Stop it at the Last State or I can make it so clicking again will loop back around to the beginning of the slideshow. I'll leave this unselected for now. I'll select the other arrow and repeat the process. I'll just call this one previous, Action > Go To Previous State and the Object is Portfolio.

Let's preview our slideshow, and when I click one of the triangles, I go to the next state in the multi-state object and I play the slideshow. Another thing to know about multi- state objects is that when you output a document to print or PDF, only the visible state of a multi-state object is included in the output. So if you have multi-state objects in your documents, be sure to check which state is visible before you output.

Multi-state objects are great for slideshows, but you can probably think of more uses for them in your documents. Anytime you want to add interactivity to control the visibility of multiple objects, consider using a multi-state object.

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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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