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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.
A table of contents provides clear and simple navigation in your document. Unfortunately, since they usually reside at the beginning of your publication, it can be an inconvenience to navigate back to find the correct page that you're looking for. Easy access to the rest of your document via a mini table of contents is only a click away when you use buttons and hyperlinks. Here in our document we're going to be creating a table of contents for the bottom of our page, and we're going to go to the A master page. We'll double-click and we're going to zoom in down here. I'm going to select Explore California and when I want to happen is when the user clicks on this button they're going to be jumping to page 2, where Explore California lives.
So if I come over to the Button panel, and I add an Action that says Go To Page, that really wouldn't work, because this is SWF Only. I want to this action to work both in SWFs and PDFs. So I am going to be using the option called Go To Destination. Unfortunately, I don't have any destination made right now, and I need to create those. To create a destination, I am going to go over to page 2, and I am going to select the text Explore California, because this is the spot that I want the destination to be. Inside my Hyperlinks panel menu, there is an option called New Hyperlink Destination. Because I have my text selected, Explore California, it's going to populate the field with what I had selected, and we're going to add this as a text anchor.
We'll click OK and then we're going to repeat this for the rest of them. So if you go to page 4, we'll select the Desert to Sea, and we'll come in here, and add that as new hyperlink destination. Click OK. On page 6 we've got the Taste of California. Sounds tasty. We'll make a new destination for that. We'll click OK. Page 8. We'll watch the nature. Come in here. New destination, OK, and finally Snowboarding, oh yeah! We'll come over here, and we'll click OK. Now that we've got those done, we're going to go back to our interactive TOC, and we'll scroll down and select Explore California.
At our Buttons panel when we choose the destination, we have all of them listed. If I choose Explore California, there we go. I am also going to come down to Desert to Sea. We'll add another action Go To Destination. Desert to Sea is the first one. That one is done for us. Taste of California, Go To Destination, and we'll say Taste of California. And Nature Watch, Go to Destination, and there is Nature Watch right there, and finally Snowboard California, we can Go To Destination and Snowboard is right there.
Now that I have all of these done, we need to actually have the button, when I click on this button, for the button to make the rest of the table of contents appear. So when I click the Contents button, I am going to add an action that says show and hide these individual buttons. Now not only are these buttons, but the whole container around them is a button, as well as the Close button. So I need to make the visibility of these visible when the user would click on the table of contents. So I am going to make the table of contents California be visible, as well as Nature, Taste of California, Desert, the close, the contents, and Explore California.
When I test this, let's see if this works. I click the button, all this seems to be working, but I want it to be able to go away by clicking the Close button. So in order for that to work, I need to select my Close button and I come to the Buttons panel, and I am going to add another action for Show/Hide Buttons, and we want to make them Hidden. So if I come here, I'm just going to click twice, so I get to hide that button, and we'll go to the rest of these. We'll hide the contents, the close, and rest of the TOC buttons. There we go.
All of those are done. Let's go to page 2 and preview this. And now we're looking at our page, and we decide oh, let's go to another page. I will click on here. They all become visible. If I click on one of these, it would bring me to Explore California. If I click Close, it closes. Be sure to accommodate an area of your document that will allow the user to clearly see and interact with your table of contents. You may also want to design your mini table of contents with enough contrast, so that it can be easily read in interactive with, regardless of the content that may appear above.
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