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In InDesign CS4: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe product manager and designer Michael Ninness shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction with Acrobat and Flash Professional to lay out and design a wide range of digital documents. Michael provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. He creates a slide presentation with transitions and live hyperlinks, and then builds an interactive portfolio that can be used with prospective clients. Exercise files accompany the course.
(Music playing.) Hello! I'm Michael Ninness, a Product Manager and Product Designer at Adobe. In my role at Adobe, I get to spend a lot of time with designers and one of the questions I hear them ask over and over is how can they apply their print design skills to create digital and interactive content. Perhaps you are a traditional print designer who struggled to learn how to use Flash or have been frustrated with the lack of typography in design to in typical presentation software. If so then this course, InDesign CS4 Interactive Documents and Presentations is for you. We will use InDesign, by itself and in conjunction with Acrobat and Flash Professional to layout and design a variety of digital documents including a Slide Presentation, complete with Navigation buttons, Slide Transitions and Hyperlinks, an Interactive Movie board or Style guide, an Interactive Digital Portfolio that the viewer can turn the pages of to see your work and a digital magazine that includes animation and video.
Before you jump in and start the course, you should know that the first chapter is a bit different than the rest of the chapters. I'll begin by taking you through a tour of digital publishing trends, showing you real world examples of what kinds of digital documents and experiences designers and publishers are creating today. Almost all the examples you will see began their creation in InDesign. These examples are meant to inspire you and get you to think about the kinds of documents you might want to start creating yourself. Note that if you just want to get to the how to part of this course, then feel free to skip chapter 1 or come back to it when you are ready to take a break from the step-by-step projects.
My goal for you is that by the end of this course you have expanded your document production capabilities beyond print. Now, let's get started with InDesign CS4: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
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