Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Breaking up bullets into multistep slides


From:

InDesign CS4: 10 Things to Know About Interactive PDFs

with David Blatner

Video: Breaking up bullets into multistep slides

Many people choose to build their presentations in InDesign, rather than something like PowerPoint, because of InDesign's high-end design and typography features. But there are plenty of interactive features that PowerPoint or Keynote have that InDesign does not. For example, allowing you to see a slide's bullet points one at a time, you know, one bullet point per click. Well, InDesign can do it but it just takes a little more work. Here, let me show you. I'm going to open up the Pages panel, in fact, I'm just going to pull the Pages panel out here, so we can work with it a little bit more easily and I'm going to duplicate this page four times, one for each bullet point.
please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course InDesign CS4: 10 Things to Know About Interactive PDFs
48m 43s Intermediate Jul 02, 2009

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

InDesign's high-quality typography and layout tools go beyond print. In InDesign CS4: 10 Things to Know About Interactive PDFs, David Blatner explores interactive PDF files and the techniques used to add movies and sounds to them. In addition, David explains how to avoid common pitfalls and reveals some tricks for making eye-catching documents as efficiently as possible.

Topics include:
  • Following best practices for new documents
  • Creating multi-step bulleted slides
  • Embedding hyperlinks and page transitions to navigate inside the document or jump to a web site
  • Placing and streaming movies
  • Adding SWF files to PDFs
  • Adding background music to PDFs
Subjects:
Design Web
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Breaking up bullets into multistep slides

Many people choose to build their presentations in InDesign, rather than something like PowerPoint, because of InDesign's high-end design and typography features. But there are plenty of interactive features that PowerPoint or Keynote have that InDesign does not. For example, allowing you to see a slide's bullet points one at a time, you know, one bullet point per click. Well, InDesign can do it but it just takes a little more work. Here, let me show you. I'm going to open up the Pages panel, in fact, I'm just going to pull the Pages panel out here, so we can work with it a little bit more easily and I'm going to duplicate this page four times, one for each bullet point.

I can duplicate a page, by holding down the Option key or Alt key on Windows and dragging it in the Pages panel. That creates an exact duplicate or clone of that page. Now, I'll duplicate it again and again and one more time and now I have one additional page for each bullet point. Let's go back to page 1. On page 1, we don't want any bullets, so I'm just going to delete that text frame. I'll double click on page 2 to go there and on page 2, I'm going to double click here to switch to the Type Tool and then I will delete the last three bullets.

You can see where this is going. It's not pretty, but it does work. On page 3, I'm going to delete these two, on page 4 I'm going to delete just the last one, and page 5, I'll leave it alone. Basically, you need to think of each page in your InDesign document as a different state, or different transition in your presentation. Each click in the presentation, requires a different page in InDesign. Now that I have set up my pages properly, I'm going to go to the Page Transitions panel and add my transitions from one page to the next.

In the Pages panel, I'll select all of the pages that I want to affect, in this case, I'll click on the first page and then Shift+click on the last page, that selects just those pages. And then I'm going to choose a Transition, you can choose any of these Transitions that you want, but I'm going to choose Wipe, I kind of like that for bullets. I'm going to say Wipe to the Right. To get a preview of this, I simply place my cursor over the little movie at the top here and you can see that it's going to wipe from the left to the right. You can choose your speed, from the Speed pop-up menu, either Medium or Fast usually works pretty well for bullets. Now, we can try it out. I'll go to page 1 and then I'm going to press Shift+ Page Down to go from one page to the next.

You see the change going from one page to the next by using that keyboard shortcut, but you don't actually see the true transition, the Wipe effect that we've applied. To do that, you need to export it as a PDF or a SWF file, either PDF or SWF will work. Let's go ahead and do that. I'll press Command+E or Ctrl+E on Windows to get to the Export dialog box and I will name it, and choose the presentation mode that I want to export to. In this case, I'm going to choose PDF, and then click Save. When you are making a presentation, you want to make sure that Interactive Elements is turned on.

I'm also going to View the PDF after Exporting, so it will just open it automatically for me. I'll click Export, and it will save the file to disk, and open it in Acrobat. Now, Acrobat will only show the page transitions when you're in Full Screen Mode. So I'll go into Full Screen Mode by pressing Command+L or Ctrl+L on Windows. Now let's try it out. I'll click the button and I get my first bullet point. You can also use the left or right arrows in Acrobat to move from one page to the next. I'm pressing the right arrow and you can see it's adding the bullet points.

To jump out of Full Screen Mode in Acrobat, I just press the Esc key. As I said earlier, this trick also works if you're making SWF presentations. You just need to export it as a SWF instead of a PDF. InDesign can make presentations look very pretty, but you sometimes have to go through some extra steps to make a presentation function the way you want.

There are currently no FAQs about InDesign CS4: 10 Things to Know About Interactive PDFs.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed InDesign CS4: 10 Things to Know About Interactive PDFs.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK

Upgrade to View Courses Offline

login

With our new Desktop App, Annual Premium Members can download courses for Internet-free viewing.

Upgrade Now

After upgrading, download Desktop App Here.

Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Start your FREE 10-day trial

Begin learning software, business, and creative skills—anytime,
anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.
lynda.com provides
Unlimited access to over 4,000 courses—more than 100,000 video tutorials
Expert-led instruction
On-the-go learning. Watch from your computer, tablet, or mobile device. Switch back and forth as you choose.
Start Your FREE Trial Now
 

A trusted source for knowledge.

 

We provide training to more than 4 million people, and our members tell us that lynda.com helps them stay ahead of software updates, pick up brand-new skills, switch careers, land promotions, and explore new hobbies. What can we help you do?

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.