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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic

One of the most popular and successful magazines that uses Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite is National Geographic. It won the Best Tablet Magazine Award in the 2012 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media. Let's take a tour of the interactivity that makes National Geographic's tablet edition so special. To view my issues of National Geographic, I'll go to my Newsstand, I'll tap the National Geographic app on the shelf, and I come to my library. This is where I can see all the issues available for me to download.
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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

Reviewing digital magazines: National Geographic

One of the most popular and successful magazines that uses Adobe's Digital Publishing Suite is National Geographic. It won the Best Tablet Magazine Award in the 2012 National Magazine Awards for Digital Media. Let's take a tour of the interactivity that makes National Geographic's tablet edition so special. To view my issues of National Geographic, I'll go to my Newsstand, I'll tap the National Geographic app on the shelf, and I come to my library. This is where I can see all the issues available for me to download.

I've already downloaded some issues and for those, I have buttons to view the issue or to archive the issue, which removes it from my device. An archived issue can be downloaded again at any time. Let's take a look at the issue devoted to the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. I'll tap View and the first thing I see is a 360-degree rendering of the wreck, the Titanic, as it is now. And when the animation is done, the rest of the cover fades in.

I can swipe horizontally to go to the table of contents, and if I wanted to see that 360-degree animation, I can swipe back again. So that animation plays whenever the page is loaded. If I tap, I get navigation controls at the top and bottom of the screen. I can tap at the top-left to view a scrolling list of articles in the issue, along with thumbnails of each. If I tap an article, I jump to it. Here I can read the Editor's Note and there's a button to send the editor an email.

I can also tap the star at the top- right to add an article to my favorites. On the far right, I can tap to view all the articles in a horizontally scrolling view. As I swipe, when a different article comes into the center of the view, its description appears at the top, and I can tap any page to go to it. I'll tap on the first page of the Visions section of the magazine, and when I'm viewing this photo, I can tap a small button to reveal the photo's caption, and tap again to hide the caption. This is a very clever use of buttons that allows National Geographic to have the photo take up the whole screen and not have to leave space for the caption.

I'll tap again to look at one more navigation feature, and that's at the bottom of the page where I can drag a slider to reveal thumbnails and descriptions of each page. When I see the page I want to go to, I can release the slider. So here's the cover story on the Titanic, and notice that I have social media links integrated right on the page with Twitter and Facebook buttons, as well as email. On the lower-right of the page I can see an indication that this article scrolls vertically. I can continue swiping down through the content, until eventually I come to a timeline that's been arranged vertically inside a scrolling area. And I also have a graphic that's to scale, representing how far below the surface of the water the Titanic rests.

In the timeline I can read about major events from the sinking of the ship to the present, and on the left there is a button to jump to the top of the article, so I don't have to swipe a whole lot to get back there. On the next page, I have a series of four views of the wreck. I can tap on one of them and after it has finished loading, I can pinch and zoom to explore the photo in detail. And when I am finished, I can tap Done. I can swipe to the next feature, Dive the Titanic, which is an interactive 3D model of the wreck. I'll tap to launch it. And I can swipe to view the wreck from any side.

I'll tap Done. And I can go to the next feature, where I can slide out a map showing the location of the wreck. I can slide it back in, and I can tap the circle to see a photo mosaic of the wreck site. When it's done loading, I can zoom in and tap a label to read about a particular item. And in the top left, the navigator view tells me where I am in the overall map of the wreck.

I'll tap Done and swipe to the next feature, which is a video. I can tap to play it, and I have controls to rewind, fast-forward, and pause, and a progress bar that I can slide with my finger to scrub to a different spot in the video. I'll tap Done and swipe to the next feature, which is an introduction to the photo series Ghostwalking in Titanic.

I can swipe this article vertically and tap the top-right of the photo to make it nearly full screen, and then tap again to close it. National Geographic really went all out for the Titanic issue with several videos, panoramas, content and scrollable frames, photos that can be zoomed on, and more. Later in this series, we'll see how to create many of these types of interactive content for publication in an Adobe DPS project.

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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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