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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.
Whenever you're working with InDesign, it's important to take advantage of every possible efficiency to save yourself time and effort. One of the greatest ways to do this is to use scripts for repetitive tasks, so let's see how we can install scripts to use when working with interactive documents. Most of the time when you run scripts that work with InDesign, you're going to do it through the Script panel, which you can open by choosing Window > Utilities > Scripts. Inside the panel you'll see two folders, an Application folder that contains several scripts that come as samples with InDesign, and a User folder that's empty by default.
You can place scripts that you want to use in either folder, but I usually recommend that people put scripts inside the User folder, just to keep them separate from the samples. To get a script to appear in the User folder, right-click on the folder and choose Reveal in Finder or Reveal in Explorer. This opens a folder called the Scripts panel. Anything you put in here will appear in the User folder, inside the Scripts panel, so let's do that. I'll open a new window, I'll go to my Exercise Files folder, and in here is a script. I'll drop that into the Script panel folder, close these windows, go back to InDesign, and there's the script.
Once the script is in there, you can right-click on it to get a menu of choices: to run the script, edit it, reveal it in your operating system, or to delete it. Scripts are great timesavers when you're working in InDesign, and now that you know how to install them, this concludes our look at setting up InDesign for working with interactive documents.
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