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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Fitting frames to content


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Fitting frames to content

Another new feature in CS6 that can be useful in adopting layouts for multiple page sizes is the Auto-Size feature. It can prevent overset text frames and affect fixing them on the fly so that when you create new layouts, you never have overset text. Let's take a look. First of all, Auto-Size is a property of a text frame, and we can get that in the Text Frame Options dialog box. So here I'll select this text frame and I'll Option+Double-Click or Alt+Double-Click on it to bring up my Text Frame Options dialog box/ And over here on the right, I have my new Auto-Size Options.
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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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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
5h 11m Intermediate Jun 11, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Examining trends in digital design
  • Setting preferences for interactive documents
  • Understanding intent and presets
  • Working with images and swatches
  • Creating and working with interactive PDFs
  • Creating alternate layouts for multiple screens
  • Linking text and page items
  • Fitting frames to content
  • Setting up a file with layers
  • Creating a slideshow with transitions and hyperlinks
  • Building a table of contents
  • Adding a SWF slideshow to a PDF
  • Placing video
  • Creating PDF forms
  • Adding animation
  • Working with the Digital Publishing Suite
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing PDF Projects
Software:
InDesign Digital Publishing Suite
Author:
Mike Rankin

Fitting frames to content

Another new feature in CS6 that can be useful in adopting layouts for multiple page sizes is the Auto-Size feature. It can prevent overset text frames and affect fixing them on the fly so that when you create new layouts, you never have overset text. Let's take a look. First of all, Auto-Size is a property of a text frame, and we can get that in the Text Frame Options dialog box. So here I'll select this text frame and I'll Option+Double-Click or Alt+Double-Click on it to bring up my Text Frame Options dialog box/ And over here on the right, I have my new Auto-Size Options.

I can see that Auto-Size is currently turned off for the frame that I have selected. But if I look in the menu, I can see that I have options to auto size height only, width only, height and width, or height and width (keep proportions). I'll turn on Preview and I'll select Height Only. I can see that the height of the text frame now fits the text and it stayed centered on its original location. That's because the center button was selected here. But I can also resize, keeping the top where it was or the bottom where it was.

I can also set constraints, like minimum height. Let's try the Width option. I'll select Width Only and now it resizes the width from the center. But I could choose to resize from the left or the right. And I can also set a minimum width if I didn't like how narrow the text frame got. Likewise, I can select No Line Breaks and make the frame be wider. I'll deselect that. Now let's try auto sizing both height and width. Now I have nine options from where I can resize.

This text frame got very weird here. It got very narrow and very tall. So what I'd like to do is set a minimum width on it. I'll click on that and I'll set 600 pixels for the Minimum Width. Let's check out our last option: Height and Width (Keep Proportions). I'll turn off Minimum Width. And this frame is a square, so no matter how it resizes, it's going to stay a square. In fact, if I set a minimum width, it no longer fits the text frame vertically because it's constrained to be a square.

So now that we've seen where Auto Fit is and what it can do, let's see it in action. I'm going to cancel out of this dialog box and go to the next page of my document, where I have a very similar text frame. I'm going to select the Page tool, select this page, and for the Liquid Page rule on this page, I'm going to choose Object-based. I'll click on the text frame, and I can see by the little spring icons that I have allowed this text frame to resize in both width and height and I've pinned it to the top and left sides of the page. Now you might think in this case I'd be all set: I shouldn't get any overset text in this frame because I'm allowing it to scale in both directions.

But watch what happens when I switch from a horizontal to a vertical layout. I'll switch to my Selection tool and sure enough, you can see that there is overset text in this frame. So to allow the frame to resize but not go overset, I need to apply Auto Size. So first, I'll undo the change to a vertical layout. I'll take my Selection tool and Option+ Double-Click or Alt+Double-Click to bring up those Text Frame Options again. I'll go to Auto-Size and I'll select auto size Height and Width (Keep Proportions), and I'll select to resize from the top and left. I'll click OK.

Now, I'll switch back to the Page tool, and again I'll switch to a portrait layout. And this time I don't get overset texts. So here we saw how the new Auto-Size option for text frames can help you avoid overset text when you adopt your layouts to different page sizes.

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Q: I'm following along with the movie "Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF," but when I go to the Tools menu in Acrobat, there is no Multimedia option. Can you help me complete the tutorial?
A: With each new version of Acrobat, Adobe seems to enjoy moving commands to different menus, and sometimes renaming them. To remove the background in Acrobat XI, take the Selection tool (black arrow) and right-click anywhere in the window and choose Properties. This opens the Edit SWF dialog box where you can select Transparent Background in the Launch Settings. You can do the same thing by choosing Tools > Interactive Objects > Select Object and then double clicking anywhere on the SWF.
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