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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Setting navigation points


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Setting navigation points

In addition to the general video controls like play, pause, and volume, you can also add buttons that allow the person viewing the video to skip directly to a specific point in the movie. Let's see how it's done. Here I have my document and I've placed a video file in MP4 format into the layout, and I've created three buttons that I want to use to jump to specific spots in the video. I call them State of the Art, Experience, and Artistry. If I want to create navigation points in InDesign, I can do that in the Media panel. I couldn't do this if the video was in legacy format, but with Flash video or video with H.264 encoding, I can.
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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

Setting navigation points

In addition to the general video controls like play, pause, and volume, you can also add buttons that allow the person viewing the video to skip directly to a specific point in the movie. Let's see how it's done. Here I have my document and I've placed a video file in MP4 format into the layout, and I've created three buttons that I want to use to jump to specific spots in the video. I call them State of the Art, Experience, and Artistry. If I want to create navigation points in InDesign, I can do that in the Media panel. I couldn't do this if the video was in legacy format, but with Flash video or video with H.264 encoding, I can.

So I'll select the video, go to the Media panel, and right now Navigation Points is empty. So what I need to do is drag the playhead to the spot where I want to create the first navigation point. I'll drag to around 21, 22 seconds. It's not that easy to get a very specific spot here. The controls for scrubbing in the Media panel are kind of sticky and jittery, and not all that precise. It's an exercise in patience to get what you want. But this will do here. Down below, I'll click on the plus button and I'll give it a name. I'll call it "state of the art" and press Return or Enter.

I'll drag the playhead again, click the plus button, call this one "experience" and drag it again to create a third navigation point. Click plus and I'll call this one artistry. Now to hook these navigation points up to my buttons. I'll select the first, button State of the Art, go to my Buttons and Forms panel. This button is called State of the Art, the Event is On Release or Tap, and I'll add the Action > Video, roux.MP4, Play from Navigation Point, and the Point is state of the art.

Let's do it for the second button. I'll select the Experience button, add an Action > Video, Play from Navigation Point, experience. And again for Artistry: add an Action > Video, Play from Navigation Point, artistry. Now let's preview them. I'll click on the first button. (video playing) The second one. (video playing) And the third.

(video playing) You can add navigation buttons inside InDesign with either Flash video or H.264-encoded video. The one benefit of Flash video is that you can also set navigation points in it outside of InDesign using the Adobe Media Converter application. So let's see how that's done. I'll switch over to the Adobe Media Encoder application and in the Queue pane, I'll select a video. I'll click the plus button. In my Links panel I'll select my MP4 and click Open.

I need to convert to FLV format, and I'll click on the preset to open the Export Settings dialog box, and here I can drag the playhead to about 22 seconds. And navigation points are called cue points inside the Adobe Media Encoder. I'll click the plus button, click Cue Point, call this state of the art. Then I'll drag the playhead, add another cue point, click the plus button, and name this one experience. And a third one, which I'll call artistry.

I'll click OK and click the green button to encode the new video. When it's done, I'll switch back to InDesign, I'll remove the MP4, and I'll place the new video, roux.FLV. Click Open, place it, and in the Media panel, I can see those cue points that I set in the Adobe Media Encoder. Creating navigation points for videos makes them more interactive and convenient to use.

Just remember if you're using H.264-encoded video, you have to set navigation points in InDesign. If you're using Flash video, you can use the Adobe Media Converter to embed navigation points, called cue points, in the video itself.

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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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