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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.
When you're viewing interactive documents exported from InDesign, the change from one page to the next is instantaneous by default. In many cases, this'll be fine, but for a presentation, especially one that's being viewed in Full Screen mode, that change can seem pretty abrupt. You can smooth the change from one page to the next by adding special effects called page transitions. There are two places where you can add page transitions to your document: the Pages panel and the Page Transitions panel. In the Pages panel, I'll right-click on one of the pages and choose Page Attributes > Page Transitions > Choose.
I could also get the same choice in the Pages Panel menu. This opens the Page Transitions dialog box, where I can see 12 different types of page transitions, and if I mouse over any one of them, I get a generic preview of the effect. When I find one I like I can click to select it. I'll choose Fade. And by default Apply to All Spreads is selected. So I'll get the same transition applied after each page. If I wanted to have different transitions or no transition after certain pages, I deselect this option. Since I want to show several different transitions in the file I export from this document, I'll uncheck Apply to All Spreads and click OK.
Now I can see in the Pages panel a small icon to the right of the page I had selected, indicating that a page transition has been applied there. If I right-click on that icon, I can get a menu or I can reopen the dialog box to choose a different transition. I can edit the attributes of the transition or clear it altogether. Let's edit this one. Choosing Edit opens the Page Transitions panel. I could also open it from Window > Interactive > Page Transitions. Here I have a menu to choose a different transition. So if I wanted to change from Fade to Push, I could choose that here, and I can mouse over the area at the top of the panel to get a preview.
For some of the transitions I can also edit the attributes of Direction and Speed. So for the Push transition I can pick a direction the pages will move in. I can pick from any side or corner, and I can preview that in the menu above. So if I want the pages to push offscreen, down, and left, I can choose Left Down. I can also choose the speed: Slow, Medium, or Fast. If I like the transition and I want to apply it to the whole document, I can click the button at the bottom of the panel to apply it to all spreads. The Page Transitions panel also has a menu where you can select Choose to get the dialog box where you can compare all the different transitions.
And the menu also has choices to apply to all spreads and clear all transitions. Let's apply different transitions after each page in this document, just to compare them, and then preview them in the SWF Preview panel. I'll make both my Pages and my Page Transitions panel visible. I'll select each page one by one and then select the transition for it. I'm going to skip the Page Turn transition since that's the SWF Only choice. In order to get that effect where the viewer can drag a corner of a page and turn it like a sheet of paper, you'd have to export to a SWF and if you want that in your PDF, you have to export to SWF and then place it back into the PDF, as we'll see in the later movie. But for now I'll skip this one.
Now to preview them. I'll press Command+Shift+Option+Return or Ctrl+Shift+Alt+Enter on the PC to open the SWF Preview panel and put it in Preview Document mode. When the preview is ready, I can use my navigation buttons to go through the document and see those transitions. Now let's export to interactive PDF and see our transitions there. I'll press Command+E or Ctrl+E, export to the desktop, Format Adobe PDF (Interactive), and click Save.
In the dialog box, I have the option to make the PDF open in Full Screen mode. Transitions will only be visible in my PDF if I'm viewing in Full Screen mode, so I'll select that. I also have a Page Transitions menu here where I can choose From Document, no transitions at all, or override what I had in the document and pick one transition for all pages. I leave it on From Document and click OK. When Adobe Acrobat opens, it warns me that the document is trying to open in Full Screen mode.
I am going to allow that. And now I can use my navigation buttons and see those transitions. With page transitions you can move smoothly through a presentation and control both the effect shown in between pages and the timing of it.
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