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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents
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Using the Content Conveyor


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InDesign CS6: Interactive Documents

with Mike Rankin

Video: Using the Content Conveyor

Adapting layouts for multiple page sizes can be a very time-consuming task. Depending on the complexity of your layout, you could spend hours copying, pasting, and transforming content from one document to another. InDesign CS6 has tools that offer you an entirely new way of reusing content, both within and across documents. Let's see how they work. One of the first things you might notice when you start using InDesign CS6 is that there are two new tools in the tool panel, right here between the Gap tool and the Type tool, and these are the Content Collector tool and the Content Placer tool.
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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 Content Conveyor

Adapting layouts for multiple page sizes can be a very time-consuming task. Depending on the complexity of your layout, you could spend hours copying, pasting, and transforming content from one document to another. InDesign CS6 has tools that offer you an entirely new way of reusing content, both within and across documents. Let's see how they work. One of the first things you might notice when you start using InDesign CS6 is that there are two new tools in the tool panel, right here between the Gap tool and the Type tool, and these are the Content Collector tool and the Content Placer tool.

When you select either one, InDesign displays a third tool called the Content Conveyor. The Conveyor doesn't really look or act like anything else inside InDesign. When you switch to a different tool it disappears, so if I press the V key on my keyboard to get my Selection tool, the Conveyor goes away. If the press B, the shortcut for the Content Collector and the Content Placer tools, the Conveyor comes back. To reuse content you first need to load it into the Conveyor, and for this you use the Content Collector tool. I'll click on it here in the Conveyor. And when you hover over a frame, you can see a thick border around that frame in the color of the layer that frame is on.

Clicking or dragging items with the Content Collector tool loads those into the Conveyor. If you want to load everything on a page or everything in a document, you can go over to the right side of the Conveyor, click the Load Conveyor button, and here you have some options. If you have a selection, you can load just the Selection. You can load everything on the page or several pages, or you can load everything on all pages including what's on the pasteboard. By default, items are grouped into sets by page, or you can select Create a Single Set for all the objects you are loading.

So let's select some content. I'll click on this frame, and I'll drag over these five frames, and I'll click on this picture frame. Now I can see three previews in my Conveyor of the items that I've loaded. One of them is a set, indicated by this number here, which indicates there are five items in this set. Now you might notice that most of the buttons down here in the Conveyor are all grayed out, and that's because they only apply to placing content, and I still have the Collector tool selected. So I could either press B on my keyboard or I can click on the Content Placer tool and these buttons spring to life.

I can see a preview of the content I would place if I clicked at my cursor. So, I'll click in this document and I can see the "8 Reasons to study at" text frame is loaded right now. I can also see a number in parentheses indicating the total number of content sets in my Conveyor, which right now is three. And I also see a link icon of my cursor, which is caused by this Create link being selected. That way if the original page item changes, I'll get an alert and I can update any linked items. I can use my arrow keys on the keyboard to navigate through the sets and the items in the Conveyor and load them for placing.

So each time I tap my arrow key I see a different item at my cursor. I can press the Escape key to remove an item from my cursor and empty out the Conveyor. I'll just undo to get those items back. To drill down into a set so I can place an individual item from it, I have to be using the Content Placer tool. So I'll select that and I'll click on the number 5 to open that set, and now I can see all of the individual text frames in that set. I can see them at my cursor and place an individual one if I wanted to.

If I want to get back up to the main level of the Content Conveyor, I can press up arrow on my keyboard or I can click this little button that looks like I'm going up a stairway in a conveyor. So now that we've collected some content, let's place it. I'll go over to this document, I'll use my right arrow key so the 8 Reasons to Study at is at my cursor, and before I click, I'll just mention that there are three modes you can choose from when placing content. You select a mode by pressing one of these three buttons right here. The first mode is called Place, remove from conveyor, and load next.

This one is like copy and paste. When you use this mode, the item is removed from the Conveyor and the next item is loaded into your cursor. So I'll select that and then I'll click to place each item. And now my Conveyor is empty. I'll undo to reload and we'll try the next mode. This one is called Place multiple and keep in conveyor. It's more like a library or a mini-bridge. This is the mode you'd use if you wanted to place the same item multiple times.

So with the "8 Reasons to Study at" text frame in my cursor, each time I click I place that same item. Again I will undo and we'll look at the third mode. This one is called Place, keep in conveyor, and load next. And in this mind, this is what I would think of when I hear the phrase Content Conveyor. It's sort of like you're working on an assembly line in a layout factory and the page items are on a conveyor belt going past and it's your job to assemble the layouts piece by piece. So let's try. I'll click and I place each item once, I'll scroll down to the next page, and then I'm back to the first item again.

One more thing I want to show and that's how you drill down into a set to place each item individually. I'll scroll to another page, I'll click on this set, and now I can place each text frame one by one. The Content Collector, Placer, and Conveyor do take some getting used to, even if you're long-time InDesign user. But they're well worth the effort to learn because they give you lots of options for collecting and placing content that never existed before in InDesign.

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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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