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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.
Over the course of this chapter, we'll cover the steps in building this file, which is a presentation aimed at prospective students applying for admission to the Roux Academy of Art, Media & Design. The presentation can be delivered in either interactive PDF or in SWF format. Right now, I'm in Adobe Acrobat, looking at the PDF. I'll go into Full Screen mode by pressing Command+L or Ctrl+L on my keyboard, and in Full Screen mode there's nothing else to distract from the presentation and the other benefit is that page transitions work in Full Screen mode.
So at the bottom, I have my navigation controls and if I mouse over them, you can see that they change color. And when I click to go to the next page, you can see the page transition. Here's another one and a different one. I can also go to the last page or the first page of the document, and there is a hyperlink down in the left to navigate to the Roux Academy web site. I'll close that. I'll press Command+L or Ctrl+L again. I'll press Escape to get out of Full Screen mode and look at another PDF we can export.
This one is a print PDF and it includes a Notes area for the presenter and the audience. To view the SWF version of the presentation, I'll switch over to the Flash Player application and I can also go into Full Screen mode. Here I can have animations, and my navigation controls work the same as in the PDF file. We'll cover all the how-to's of animation in depth in a separate chapter. In this chapter, we'll talk a little about using animation so it enhances, rather than overwhelms, the message of a presentation.
We'll also cover how to structure your presentation file with master pages and layers to make it efficient to create and use. So now that we've seen examples of a presentation, let's dive right in and get started making this.
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