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Creating panoramas

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Video: Creating panoramas

Another type of overlay we can create is a panorama. The panorama gives you the feeling of actually being in a particular location, because you can see in all directions. In some panoramas, you can look in any direction, left or right, all the way straight up to the sky or ceiling, and all the way down to your feet. So let's see how to create a panorama overlay. Before you can do the work inside InDesign you have to start by acquiring the images to be used in the panorama and that's much more work than actually creating the panorama itself. To create a seamless panorama, the DPS tools need six images that fit together like the insides of a cube.

Creating panoramas

Another type of overlay we can create is a panorama. The panorama gives you the feeling of actually being in a particular location, because you can see in all directions. In some panoramas, you can look in any direction, left or right, all the way straight up to the sky or ceiling, and all the way down to your feet. So let's see how to create a panorama overlay. Before you can do the work inside InDesign you have to start by acquiring the images to be used in the panorama and that's much more work than actually creating the panorama itself. To create a seamless panorama, the DPS tools need six images that fit together like the insides of a cube.

I'll switchover to Preview and I'll show you the set of images I have here. I'll just go down through one by one and you can see the four sides and the top and the bottom. You can use Photoshop to stitch together images into a panorama and then use an application like Pano2VR by Garden Gnome software, to appropriately format them for use with DPS. Pano2VR isn't the only application that can do this for you, but it is one that Adobe mentions in their DPS documentation. So with the six images in hand I can setup the panorama overlay inside InDesign.

Panoramas are one of the types of overlays that you began by creating with just a frame. So I'll tap the F key on the keyboard to give my Rectangle frame tool, and I'll draw out a frame. And with the empty, but still selected, I'll go to my Folio Overlays panel and click on Panorama, and at the top where it says Load Images, I'll click on the folder icon. Now I need to navigate to that folder that contains those six images. I'll go to Exercise Files > Links > Panorama.

Now it sized the poster a little bit too big for me, so I'm going size that down a little bit by holding Command +Shift or Ctrl+Shift on the PC and dragging one of the corners. I'll re-center it on my page. And now let's look at the options for a panorama overlay. First of all, I can Use the first image for a poster if I want to, and that's the initial view I'll have in the panorama. So I'll keep that selected, I can set the Initial Zoom value, which is the magnification of the initial image when the panorama is viewed.

The user can pinch to zoom in or out on the panorama, and this is the magnification they'll see before they pinch. The maximum zoom value here is 100, the Vertical and Horizontal values let me choose which area of the panorama is initially displayed. The values here I enter are offsets in terms of degrees from the first image. So for Vertical I could set a value between -90 and 90. Negative 90 will make the initial view tilted all the way up, 90 will make the initial view tilted all the way down. For Horizontal, I can set values between -180 and 180; negative values rotate the view towards the left, positive values rotate view towards the right.

If I go all the way in either direction I'll be looking behind me, in the exact opposite direction of the first image. Field of View allows me to set limits on how far in or out viewers can zoom when they pinch the panoramas. I can also set limits on how far I let users pan vertically and horizontally. For Vertical, I can enter values between -90 and 90, for horizontal, I'd enter values between -180 and 180. The smaller the values, the less panning I allow. I can go al the way down to -1 and 1, to allow no panning in either a vertical or horizontal direction.

So let's preview our panorama. Initially I see the poster, then I can tap it to view the panorama and this is the initial zoom percentage that I set. With the Content Viewer Application I can press the plus and minus keys on my keyboard to simulate pinching to zoom in and out. So I can zoom farther in or pull back out. I can click and drag to pan around, I can look up and you can see a scene here, I need to do a little bit more work in Photoshop to make that sky be perfectly seamless and I can look down.

Panoramas are a fun and engaging element to add to a DPS Project. They are simple to set up and manage in InDesign. The challenge is to acquire the images and set them up correctly before you start working in 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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