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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.
In a previous movie, I showed how to create a navigation system for a document where you can roll over an area to make a set of thumbnail pages appear and then you can click on one of those thumbnails to navigate to that page. Another thing you might want to add to that navigation system is a page number indicator, especially if your document has a large number of pages or if the pages all look similar to one another, making it hard to see exactly which one you're clicking on. You want your presentation to come across as smooth and professional as possible, so you don't want to be hunting around struggling to find the right page.
In this document, let's just confirm that we're on the navigation master and the navigation layer, and what I've setup here is a series of text frames really big with easy-to-read numbers, and underneath them is a frame with no stroke and no fill, and what I want is each one of these indicators to pop-up when I mouse over the page number thumbnails. The frame with no stroke and no fill will allow me to hide all the page numbers, as we'll see. So everything here sits high enough up on the page, so it's out of the way when the thumbnail slide up into view from the bottom, and if I go to the Layers panel, I can see that they're all going to be on this Page Indicators layer.
So I'll select everything on the Page Indicators layer by clicking on the button on the right, and now I'm going to create a multi-state object from these. So I'll go to my Object States panel, click on New, and now I have States that correspond to each one of the page numbers, plus the empty State, which is now State 11, but let's rename that. We'll call that none, and we'll drag it up to the top, and let's give this a good name, we'll call it page indicators.
Now let's attach this to our thumbnail buttons down below, so I'll select my first button. I'll go to the Buttons and Forms panel and right now this button has one Action on the Event On Release or Tap, it'll take me to Page 1. So I want to set a Rollover Action, so when I roll over this thumbnail that big Page 1 Page Indicator appears, so I'll choose Event > On Roll Over, Action > Go To State of my page indicator multi-state object, go to State 1, and then to make it disappear when I roll off of the thumbnail, I'll choose another Event On Roll Off, Action > Go To State, go to that none state, which again, has no stroke and no fill, so we'll hide the page number.
Now I'm going to repeat this process for the other thumbnails and now that I have setup all the thumbnail buttons, let's preview. So I can mouse over the icon, show my page thumbnails, and as I mouse over each one, the big page number appears. When I roll off, it disappears. Page number indicators are just another feature you can build into your files that adds a little polish and will ensure a presentation works as smoothly as possible.
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