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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.
When you play an animation, by default it is set to On Page Load, and all of the animations are played in the order that they are created. We can get more control over our animations by changing the events or using the Timing panel to set up our animations. On this first page, we have three different items in this list that I want to appear. So I'm going to hold the Shift key and select all three of them, and go to my Animation panel and change the preset to Fade In. Let's preview what this looks like. You can see that each item fades in, one after another. Now that was a little quick.
Let's see if we can change that. I'm going to deselect and open up the Timing panel. Inside the Timing panel, I have all of the animations on the page. I'm going to select cost and departure, and I'm going to delay them by one second. That means as soon as duration is done playing, cost would be delayed one second and then departure will be delayed one second as soon as the cost animation is finished. Let's preview. Duration, Cost, and Departure. That's much more tasteful appearance, and it slows it down so it's not as hectic.
Using the Timing panel, I'm able to delay each animation. If this was a self-running presentation, having each item appear one after another would be what you would like. Now if I'm the one giving the presentation, I may not want each item to appear immediately. I might want to talk about Duration for a while, and then a little while later Cost, followed by Departure. I don't know how long I'll be talking about each particular item, so I can't set a specified delay. Therefore I'm going to be trying a different method. I want to change the event for each item. Let's close to Preview panel, and let's go to another page. Let's go to page 2, and I'm going to hold the Shift key and select all three list items.
I'm going to go to the Animation panel, and I'm going to choose the preset Fly in from Bottom. This time instead of Page Load, I am going to change the event to On Page Click. When I choose On Page Click, it adds it to On Page Load. I don't want it to be both, so I need to come back here and turn off On Page Load. Now it would only says On Page Click. Let's preview the animation. Because these items are listed as On Page Click, nothing will occur until I click my mouse. I could talk as much as I like until I'm ready to talk about the next item.
When I click my mouse, Duration will come in. When I'm ready to move onto the next item, I'll click my mouse, and the next item comes in. Finally, when I'm ready for the last item, I'll click again. By changing the events for animations, we can either have a slideshow that will play automatically when you load a page, or you can control it for each bullet. On Page Click is a great way to spread out your information over the course of a slide.
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