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Exploring iamboundless.com

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When you think of interactive documents that come from InDesign you'd probably think first of PDFs, then maybe magazines and other documents made with Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite. But you can also create interactive web content with InDesign. A great example of this is the web site iamboundless.com. It's a site for Ryan Clayton Designs and all the interactivity here was created with InDesign, so let's take a look. I have the site here in my web browser, and if I mouse over any of the links down at the bottom, I can see the appearance change. I'll click on About This Page and I get the artist's statement and he tells me right here that everything here was made with 100% InDesign.

Exploring iamboundless.com

When you think of interactive documents that come from InDesign you'd probably think first of PDFs, then maybe magazines and other documents made with Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite. But you can also create interactive web content with InDesign. A great example of this is the web site iamboundless.com. It's a site for Ryan Clayton Designs and all the interactivity here was created with InDesign, so let's take a look. I have the site here in my web browser, and if I mouse over any of the links down at the bottom, I can see the appearance change. I'll click on About This Page and I get the artist's statement and he tells me right here that everything here was made with 100% InDesign.

He has the social media links. I can click to close it and look at the portfolio. A portfolio is an interactive slideshow where I can click the arrows to navigate back and forth and see the portfolio pieces. And I can also mouse over the navigation bar and click to jump to any of the pieces from there. And when I mouse away, the navigation bar goes away. I can click to close and it fades out nicely. There are also links to his resume, which opens as a PDF, and his blog.

All right, so let's switch over to InDesign and see how all this was made. So here's the InDesign file, and we'll take a look in the Layers panel. And it's well organized into four layers: Navigation, Contact Box, Portfolio, and Background. So let's look at the Navigation layer. I have these four elements down at the bottom. I'll select About This Page, click on my Buttons and Forms, and I can see it's a button that will play the animation contact. If I select this element and look in animation, this is the contact animation.

It's going to be apply to that group, it'll cause it to fade in, and it will be hidden until it's animated. I can also drill down into that group and select the X, go to my Buttons and Forms, and I see that's the button that'll also play the animation contact, but it'll play it in reverse. So when I click the X, the whole contact box fades out again. Now let's go to the Layers panel and hide the contact box, and we'll look at the Portfolio. We'll go again to my Buttons and Forms panel.

This is going to play an animation called Portfolio, and it's also going to go to the first state of a multi-state object. I'll select this group and drill down and look at my Object States panel. And this is a multi-state object where each state corresponds to one of the portfolio pieces. I also have these arrows, which are buttons which will also navigate the multi-state object.

If I look out on the side, here is that sliding drawer of the portfolio pieces. And I can select it. I can see the motion path for the animation and look in the Animation panel, and I can see that it's going to move left when you roll over it, and it's going to reverse when you roll off. So that's what causes that nice sliding-drawer effect. We'll check out the Resume button, which will go to a URL that ends up with the PDF of his resume. And My Design Blog is also a button that goes to his blog.

All of these elements were exported to a SWF file that was added to the web site. Overall, this is an awesome piece of work and a virtual tour of InDesign's features for creating interactivity.

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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

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Mike Rankin
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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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