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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
Presenting in Full Screen mode let's you see your page transitions and hides distracting elements of the UI. To make it easier to enter fullscreen, we're going to add a button that lets you to enter and exit fullscreen from a PDF. To create a Full Screen button, we're going to go to the master page called A-Nav. Let's double-click. Next, we're going to place a snippet. I'm going to go to File > Place, and inside my Links folder, I have a snippets directory, and I'm going to select fullscreen_button.idms and click Open.
With my loaded cursor, I'm going to click and put this in the lower left-hand corner. I'm just going to move this down here. Next, I'm going to zoom in so we can see this closer. With this graphic selected, let's go over to our Button panel. If you don't have the Button panel showing, you can go to Window > Interactive > Buttons. Let's convert this into a button. We're going to click on Normal, and we're going to name it "Fullscreen". Now we need to add Action so when you click on it you can go into Full Screen mode.
We're going to click on Actions > PDF Only > View Zoom. The zoom level that we're going to choose is Full Screen. This action will only work inside a PDF. It will not work inside a SWF. Now let's create a rollover appearance for this button. I'm going to click on Rollover, go to the button, and double-click. With the background of this object selected, I'm going to my Fill and choose black. Then I'm going to go to my Stroke and choose black.
Next, I need to select the arrow. I'm going to deselect, select the button again and then double-click to select the arrow. With the arrow selected, I'm going to change it to fill the paper, and now I'm going to deselect. Let's select the button again and change its appearance to Normal. If we open our Preview panel, we can quickly preview to see if the Button's appearance is working. When we mouse over the button, it looks like it's working. We can close the panel. Now that we have the button finished, let's add a tooltip.
A tooltip is a little pop-up window that lets you know the purpose of the button. If you have a lot of buttons in your presentation, that can be confusing. But by adding tooltips, we know exactly what they mean. With this button selected, we're going to go to our Button panel, inside the panel menu, and choose PDF Options. I'm going to type in "Click to enter and leave full screen mode" because we can press this button to enter and leave Full Screen mode. Let's create some tooltips for the other buttons.
This is the First Page button. We'll go to the Buttons Panel menu and choose PDF Options. Let's type in "Go to first page". This is the Previous Page button. We'll go to the Button Panel menu and choose PDF Options. The next button will be "Go to next page", and finally, "Go to last page".
Now that we have all these buttons finished, let's export to an interactive PDF. File > Export > Adobe PDF (Interactive), on our Desktop. We'll click Save, we'll View it After Exporting, and click OK. Now looking at our PDF, when we mouse over one of the buttons it'll say, "Go to next page," "Go to last page," and "Click to enter and leave full screen mode." When you click the button to enter Full Screen mode, Acrobat will display a warning.
We can click Remember my choice for this document, and then we'll never have to see this warning again. Let's hit Yes. Now in Full Screen mode my tooltips still work. I could give my presentation, and I can click and leave Full Screen mode. Tooltips are a great way to convey a button's meaning, but they don't have to be used just for regular buttons. If you're giving a presentation with a lot of images, you could create a button that's invisible, and on that button add a tooltip that tells you about that image. That way, during the presentation if you forget what to say, you can always mouse over that picture, and the tooltip can give you a reminder.
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