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You may have noticed that I've completely avoided talking about one of InDesign's panels. Right over here in the dock, the page transitions panel. This feature does just what you'd expect, it lets you add transitions from one page to the next, like dissolves and wipes and so on. But these page transitions have a dark side, which means that I rarely use them. Page transitions only work when you're in full screen mode in Acrobat. That said, if you want to use it, here's how you do it. First, chose what page you want to apply a transition to. I'm on page one right now, so this is going to be changing the transition into this page, whenever I jump to, page one. Next, chose the transition.
In the page transitions popup menu, you see that you have a lot of different transitions. Like blinds, box and so on. If you're not sure what these things do, click on one. Then, move your cursor on top of the preview area at the top of the panel. Whenever you move your cursor in to roll over that area, you get a preview. Let's try a different one. That's dissolve. Looks kind of like a digital dissolve effect. When you find one you like, move onto the next page. I'll press shift page down to jump to page two, and now you can see that the transition popup menu reverted back to none.
So now I can choose a different one. I'll try cover. That's what it looks like. Notice that with some of your transitions you can change the direction and the speed. For example, instead of covering down, I could say how about left up. Now it looks like this. I can also choose slow, medium or fast. It's not a lot of control, you can't specify make this transition happen in two seconds, but you do have some control here. Now if you decide that you want the same transition for all of your pages, you don't have to go one page at a time. Just choose one transition and then click on this button in the lower right corner of the panel.
This applies that same transition to all of your spreads in your document. There's one more place that you can change the page transitions for your PDF, and that is when you export your document. So if I come up here to the File menu, and choose Export, and I'll save this out to my desktop as a PDF interactive document. Click Save, and here you see you have control over your page transitions. The first option, the default value from document, means use the page transitions that you set up in the Page Transitions panel.
But if you don't like what you did there, you could override those by choosing a different page transition from this pop up menu. I'll go ahead and leave this set from Document. As I said, these transitions only work when you're in full screen mode, so you probably want to turn on the Open in Fullscreen Mode checkbox. That way, as soon as it opens in Acrobat, it'll immediately go into full screen mode. Let's try it out. I'll click Okay, and InDesign exports this out as a PDF, and then opens it in Acrobat. Notice that before it goes in Full Screen mode, Acrobat warns me.
Are you sure it's okay to put it into Full Screen mode? Adobe is just trying to play it safe and make sure you don't get fooled by some nefarious PDF. I'll go ahead and click Yes, and you'll see it takes over the whole screen and now when I jump from one page to the next. You'll see that I get the transition that I asked for. If you're going to be putting somebody's screen into full screen mode, it's probably a good idea to offer them a button that will take them out of full screen mode as well. But we haven't done that in this document, so to get out of full screen mode, I'm just going to press the Escape key on my keyboard.
Now I admit page transitions are kind of cool, but only if you know that the PDF will be viewed in full screen mode. And in my mind, that means it's generally limited to presentations like slide shows.
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