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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.
Every digital document that you create will ultimately have to utilize a navigation system. By placing a tiny image of each page on a button, you will let the user see a small thumbnail preview of the next and previous page as they navigate throughout the document. A document has been designed within the margins of the document. Outside of that margin is an area for our buttons. When I select this button, you can see there is a rollover state. The purpose of the rollover state is to create a pop-up effect for a preview to the next page and the previous page.
Previously to this, I've exported the entire document to a PDF with spreads. I'm going to double-click down to select this blank area. We're going to do a File > Place and grab button-thumbs.pdf. I am going to hold the Shift key, so we can get access to its import options. And we're going to grab the Range of 2, to show the second spread. Now let's repeat this process for the next spread. I am going to double-click down and do a File > Place. We'll hold the Shift key for button-thumbs, and we're going to reference the first spread.
And then finally the third button, I am going to double-click down. We'll do a File > Place. We'll hold the Shift key for buttons-thumbs. And for this, we're not going to reference page 4; we're actually going to be referencing the 3rd spread, which is 4 and 5. Now that we have those finished, we can repeat this throughout the entire document, but there is a special area on page 11 that we have to address. When I go to page 11, you can see there is still two more buttons here. There is a Next page and a Last page button. These buttons don't do anything, because there are no more pages, and this could be confusing to you.
To remove this, we'll hold Command+ Shift or Ctrl+Shift on the PC to override these buttons, and then we'll just delete them. Now that those are deleted, let's preview. I'll go to page 2, open our Preview panel, and we have our nice Next and Previous Page buttons. After implementing your buttons with previews, you need to remember that if your layout changes, the preview will not update automatically. Don't forget to export to a new PDF and then just update your links.
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