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Building an interactive table of contents

From: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

Video: Building an interactive table of contents

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.

Building an interactive table of contents

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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InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Introduction
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 45s
    1. Interactive documents: Born Magazine
      1m 49s
    2. Annual report case study: Unitus
      1m 44s
    3. Self-publishing
      1m 59s
    4. Digital books: iBooks, ePub
      2m 15s
    5. Digital newspapers: Times Reader
      1m 51s
    6. Digital magazines: Wired, iGIZMO, The New Yorker
      2m 7s
  3. 12m 32s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      2m 36s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      2m 21s
    4. Working with images
      2m 37s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 52s
  4. 9m 40s
    1. Comparing PDF and SWF presentations
      2m 5s
    2. Presenting from InDesign: Presentation mode
      2m 2s
    3. Presenting a SWF
      1m 50s
    4. Presenting a PDF
      1m 8s
    5. Creative tip: Practice your presentation
      2m 35s
  5. 33m 42s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 28s
    2. Previewing your layout with the Preview panel
      3m 25s
    3. Creative tip: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
      3m 11s
    4. Setting up a presentation with layers
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      4m 40s
    7. Overriding master page items
      3m 21s
    8. Setting page transitions
      2m 31s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      2m 26s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      2m 14s
  6. 23m 30s
    1. Adding a Full Screen button with a tool tip
      4m 15s
    2. Creating PDF bookmarks in InDesign
      3m 19s
    3. Using a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
      3m 11s
    4. Using animation inside a PDF presentation
      6m 15s
    5. Exporting your presentation to interactive PDF
      4m 6s
    6. Creating a PDF Portfolio presentation
      2m 24s
  7. 29m 50s
    1. Exploring the Animating Encyclopedia Script
      6m 24s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a list
      2m 28s
    4. Designing an alternate navigation
      3m 35s
    5. Creating a multistate object
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a page number indicator
      1m 59s
    7. Animating an opening page
      1m 53s
    8. Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls
      2m 4s
    9. Exporting your presentation to SWF
      2m 21s
    10. Watching out for transitions with animations
      1m 3s
  8. 24m 3s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 43s
    2. Creative tip: Breaking down a complex animation
      3m 2s
    3. Taming the Timing panel
      1m 43s
    4. Animating on a motion path
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a sound hot spot
      2m 34s
    6. Creating a slideshow with a multistate object
      1m 50s
    7. Creating a loaded button
      2m 43s
    8. Creating an interactive map
      4m 25s
    9. Creative tip: Have fun!
      3m 1s
  9. 15m 38s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 19s
    2. Creating the opening transition
      4m 20s
    3. Creating a logo slideshow
      2m 34s
    4. Animating the color palette
      3m 44s
    5. Combining multistate objects and buttons
      3m 41s
  10. 28m 45s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 26s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      4m 19s
    3. Building a navigation system
      2m 9s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 1s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      4m 14s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      3m 59s
    7. Setting navigation points
      3m 24s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      2m 2s
    9. Creating URLs from hyperlinks
      4m 11s
  11. 22m 40s
    1. Preparing your layout for Export
      5m 7s
    2. Handing off your InDesign layout to Flash
      3m 11s
    3. Opening the FLA file in Flash CS5 Professional
      2m 33s
    4. Adding a stop command and testing the movie
      2m 22s
    5. Fixing the buttons
      3m 8s
    6. Importing a video into Flash
      1m 45s
    7. Editing the animations
      2m 59s
    8. Publishing a SWF
      1m 35s
  12. 17m 0s
    1. Avoiding legacy media
      1m 11s
    2. Converting a video into FLV with Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 52s
    3. Using the JPG Pass-Through filter
      2m 32s
    4. Avoiding compatibility issues
      3m 7s
    5. Slimming down your FLA
      2m 41s
    6. Sharing motion presets
      3m 40s
    7. Testing hyperlinks in a SWF
      1m 57s
  13. 34s
    1. Further Recommendations
      34s

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