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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

Using the Animation panel


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Using the Animation panel

To create animations in InDesign, you use the controls in the Animation panel. So let's take a tour of those controls and see how they work. We will start by opening the Animation panel. I have it here in my workspace, but if I wanted to open it and I didn't have it in that workspace, I could also go to Window > Interactive > Animation, and I will select this text frame on the left and I can see by the icon in the bottom right corner that some animation has been applied to it. In the panel I can see that the animation has been given a name, Artists, and it uses the Preset, Fade In. I see a preview of any selected animation at the top of the panel with the butterfly logo.
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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

Using the Animation panel

To create animations in InDesign, you use the controls in the Animation panel. So let's take a tour of those controls and see how they work. We will start by opening the Animation panel. I have it here in my workspace, but if I wanted to open it and I didn't have it in that workspace, I could also go to Window > Interactive > Animation, and I will select this text frame on the left and I can see by the icon in the bottom right corner that some animation has been applied to it. In the panel I can see that the animation has been given a name, Artists, and it uses the Preset, Fade In. I see a preview of any selected animation at the top of the panel with the butterfly logo.

So when I mouse over it, it fades in. If I look in the Preset menu, I can see all animation presets that come with InDesign, and there are two sublists. One at the top is simpler animations and then there are more complex ones below. There is also a choice None at the top to remove an animation, or I could also click on the trashcan in the bottom right corner of the panel. Next we have the Events to trigger an animation. This one is set to On Roll Over (Self). If I click on it, I can see the different choices, On Page Load, On Page Click, On Click (Self), and On Roll Over (Self), and there is another one that's grayed out currently On Button Event.

If I create a button to control this animation, I can select this choice. With this icon on the right, I can create a button trigger for an animation. So let's see how that works. Below the author's name I have just a regular InDesign frame over here and I'd like to make this into a button that will trigger the animation to play. So I can click on the trigger and then click on the frame. This is converted into a button and it's going to play the Animation (Artist). And if I look in the Options menu, it can do other things too. It can Stop the animation, Pause it, Resume it, Reverse it, or Stop all animations.

I could've also clicked on an existing button and InDesign would add an additional action to play this animation. And one more thing, if you use the Create button trigger then be sure you don't forget to give the button a descriptive name. The name button 448 isn't very descriptive. Another important thing to remember about the Events menu is that you can have more than one event trigger an animation. So if I select the Animation again, I can see now there are two events that will trigger this animation, On Roll Over (Self) and On Release of that button.

Adding another event doesn't remove any previously selected events. To do that, I would have to select them again from this menu. So if I wanted to remove On Roll Over (Self), I have to come here and deselect it. Now the only event for this animation is On Release. Now let's look at the other controls in the Animation panel. Duration is how long the animation takes to complete, so in this case it will take one second for the artist name to go from invisible to fully visible. I can also control the number of times and animation plays or I can set it to loop to play endlessly.

Speed is a little deceptive. It's not really how fast the animation plays. That's controlled by the duration. Speed is really the change in speed, or easing, as it's called. Many of the presets contain easing built into them or you can turn that off by choosing None here. You can have an animation Ease In which means go slow at the start, Ease Out which means slow down at the end or both. The Properties section can be shown and hidden by this little triangle here. And the first property is Animate and the choices are From Current Appearance, To Current Appearance, To Current Location.

From Current Appearance means use the object's current appearance as the starting point for the animation. To Current Appearance means use the object's current appearance as the endpoint of the animation, in other words, the animation would be reverse of From Current Appearance. And To Current Location tells InDesign to use the objects current appearance as the starting point and its current location as the endpoint of the animation. To illustrate let's go to the next page of this document where I have some simple objects. There are identical black squares and they have all been set to animate. So they are all going to use this preset Move Left and Grow, but the property is different for each one.

So the first choice here I have From Current Appearance. I can see the motion path with the arrow pointing left, so the arrow head on the left over here. Now I will select the second object, and this one is set to, To Current Appearance. So I have that same exact motion path, the same length but now the arrowhead is pointing towards the center of the object. So it's going to end up here. The third one has a motion path on the right starting out over here and ending up at the center of the square, and this one uses To Current Location.

Let's preview those animations. I will open the SWF Preview panel and click, let's see that one more time, From Current Appearance, To Current Appearance, and To Current Location. I can also help illustrate these by showing the animation proxy. So I will select the first one, open the Animation panel and down here there's a button to show the animation proxy. So this is a little ghosted preview of what the other end of the animation looks like.

So this is where it's going to end up, large into the left. This is where this one is going to start out, large and to the left and end up here. And the third one can't show you the size that it ends up at, but it can show you where it's going to start out in terms of position. If you can understand those options, the rest of the controls are pretty straightforward. Back in the panel I can apply a Rotation to an object. I can set a Reference point for where the transformations will take place. I can scale objects in either width or height and I can constrain that or unconstrain it.

I can control changes in Opacity, I can Fade In or Fade Out. Unfortunately, the change in Opacity is an all or nothing thing. I can't fade in or out to anything less than 100% or 0%. So I can't fade to save 50% opacity, and lastly we have Visibility controls. So I can have an object be hidden until the animation starts, or I can have it disappear after the animation ends. I also have a button down here for opening the Timing panel and a button for converting a regular path to a motion path down here, and we'll get into that in another video, and I can click the trashcan to remove an animation.

Let's look in the Panel menu. I have commands for saving a new preset, so if I tweak all the settings just the way that I want them, I don't have to redo that work all over and over again. I can save a preset and then pick it from the Preset menu. I can manage presets to add and delete presets and I can also preview a selection, the entire spread, or again, if I had a organically had a path selected I could convert it to a motion path. So there you have it, the Animation panel. It might be the most fun panel to use in InDesign because it allows you to bring the objects on the page to life.

You can have a lot of fun experimenting with the settings and being creative and I encourage you to do so.

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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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