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Creating scrollable frames

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Video: Creating scrollable frames

Creating scrollable frames for content in the DPS project is a great way to fit more content into an area than you normally could. It's also a great way to keep pieces of content together. For example, if you had a long column of text and a particular image that you want to be always visible while the reader scrolled through the text, you could make the image static and the text frame scrollable. Let's see how. Now there are different methods for making scrollable content in a DPS folio and one that works with images is the Pan & Zoom overlay. It may not seem like a scrollable frame since sometimes you can zoom in different directions both vertically and horizontally, but by the way you crop the image you can constrain that and make it into a scrollable frame.

Creating scrollable frames

Creating scrollable frames for content in the DPS project is a great way to fit more content into an area than you normally could. It's also a great way to keep pieces of content together. For example, if you had a long column of text and a particular image that you want to be always visible while the reader scrolled through the text, you could make the image static and the text frame scrollable. Let's see how. Now there are different methods for making scrollable content in a DPS folio and one that works with images is the Pan & Zoom overlay. It may not seem like a scrollable frame since sometimes you can zoom in different directions both vertically and horizontally, but by the way you crop the image you can constrain that and make it into a scrollable frame.

So here I have a placed photo and if I double-click on it, I can see the content and I can see that there's no more photo above or below the cropped area, but there's plenty on the left and the right-hand side. Also if I go to the Links panel I can see that this is currently at 72 pixels per inch, so there won't be any zooming on this photo, we'll just be able to scroll. I'll double-click to select the frame again, go to the Folio Overlays panel and I can see the Pan & Zoom is turned On. Let's preview and in the Content Viewer I can click and I can't drag up and down since there is no more photo there, but I can drag left and right and scroll the photo.

All right, let's go back to InDesign and we'll go to the second page of the document and here I want to make a scrollable frame that contains the eight reasons it's great to study at Roux Academy. First I need to create a frame, so I'll take my Rectangle Frame tool, click in the document, and I'm going to create a rectangle that's 470 pixels wide and 380 pixels tall, switch to my Selection tool and I'll just position it, where I want the scrollable frame to go, right about there, and up in the Control panel, I'll fill it with Paper.

Now this is going to be the visible area for my list of eight reasons. I'll switch over to another document, and here I've set up the content that I want to scroll, so for each reason I have two text frames and an image, and you can see that it's a very long and narrow document. Let zoom in a little bit more, so there are two text frames and an image for each one of the eight reasons. If I zoom out, down at the bottom I've also placed a video.

You can place any other overly content into a scrollable frame except for a slideshow, because we're going to use the Paste Into command to put the content of this document into the container frame, we have to setup separate frames as anchor frames or just group everything together, so it acts as one unit. In this case, I grouped everything together. I'll copy it, go back to my other document, select the frame and choose Edit > Paste Into. Now I'll use the control in the control panel to select the content and I'm going to adjust the offset.

I want this content to sit 30 pixels over and 30 pixels down from the top left corner of the frame. Now I'll select the container frame go to my Folio Overlays panel, select Scrollable Frame and I can pick a Scroll Direction. In this case, I know I want Vertical, so I'll pick that. I can choose whether to Show/Hide Scroll Indicators, so I'll leave Hide unchecked. So I will see a scroll indicator on the right-hand side here. I can also set the initial position for the content, either at the upper-left corner or I can use where it is in the document.

So if I'd left this centered in that frame, I could use that position or I could force everything to the top left. Right now I'm going to say Use Document Position, because I carefully selected this to be 30 pixels over and 30 pixels down, and just for fun, let's add a little special effect. So with the frame selected, I'll go to the FX icon in the Control panel, I'll choose Inner Shadow, I'll turn on Preview, so I can see it, and it gives me a little feeling of depth in here. It's a little too dark though, so let's reduce the opacity down to say 25%.

Okay, let's preview, and I can click on my scrollable frame and see the 8 reasons it's great to study at the Roux Academy. Down at the bottom is my video and I can tap to play it. (video playing) So the key to making scrollable frames is the Paste Into command, which lets you paste text, images, and other interactive content, or a combination of all of those things into a container frame.

In order to use Paste Into, you have to anchor multiple frames or group them like I did here, before pasting them into the container, and then you choose the scrolling direction. And remember to use the offsets to arrange the content as you want it to be seen.

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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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