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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.
Unitus is a nonprofit organization that fights global poverty by helping people with micro-financing. Like all public organizations, they are required to provide an annual report. They have forgone printing and mailing the reports and instead are producing them digitally as printable PDFs in an interactive SWF. Both of these were produced in part with InDesign. On this page, we can find links to Unitus's annual reports over the years. Let's take a look at their Flash annual report for 2008. The 2008 Annual Report was produced with InDesign CS4. It began its life in InDesign and was transferred to Flash where the interactivity was added.
In CS5, we could re-create most of what we see here without having to use Flash. On the right-hand side, we have a navigation system with a series of buttons. When we click Begin, it will take us through the document. As we click the arrows, it will bring us to various pages within the PDF. Here we have a play button to watch a movie. (Male Speaker: I just got back from a trip to Kenya, which was very much focused on of the regions) (Male Speaker: in which Jamii Bora is working, and that is the coffee-growing area.) As we navigate through, we can go and jump to a specific area.
Let's take a look at the results. On the results page, we have an animated chart. When I click on the link, I'll see the chart slowly appear over time. This could easily be created with InDesign. I can click the Close button, and let's take a look at one more. This chart shows client growth over time. I can mouse over any of these buttons and focus on just that particular area. The upper right-hand corner has a link to download the print edition of their PDF. The PDF version of their annual report has the same appearance as the Flash web site. Because Unitus used InDesign, they are able to design their annual report once and reuse it for many different mediums.
By the end of this course, you should be able to do this with your own projects.
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