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On this page, I want to allow you to be able to see all of the fonts, none of the fonts, or just one of the fonts depending on how you interact with the page. To do this, we are going to use multi-state objects combined with a few different buttons. This may seem pretty complicated, but if you follow closely along, you'll get it to work in no time. Our first step is to create a multi-state object for all of the fonts. I am going to hold down the Shift Key and select all of the alphabets, and I am also going to grab this little empty frame. I am going to group all of our objects, and go to our Object States panel, and make a new multi-state object.
I am going to name the object "fonts," and then I need to create a total of eight states, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and now I need to name each of these states. The first one will be none, the second one needs to be all, then Chaparral Pro Bold, Cooper Black, Myriad Pro Bold, Chaparral Pro, Letter Gothic, and Myriad Pro Regular.
Now that we have these named correctly, we need to have each state accurately represent what we see on the page. For none, we are going to go in and we are going to double-click and delete all of the frames except for the empty frame. For all, we can leave it alone. For Chaparral Pro Bold, we need to remove all of them except for Chaparral Pro Bold, and then we need to repeat the process for the other fonts.
Now that we have our multi-state objects finished, we need to program the buttons to make sure they go to the correct state. We are going to start with Chaparral Pro Bold by going to the Buttons panel and adding an action on release to go to a state. We're going to choose the Object > Fonts and the State will be Chapparal Pro Bold. We're going to add another action for On Off buttons at the top of the page. We're going to choose Go To State, the Off_ Radial, and I want the state to be Filled.
We'll add another action, Go To State. We'll choose the On_Radial, and we want the State to be Hollow. Now, I am going to repeat this on the rest of these fonts. Now that the font buttons are finished, we have to modify the Show and Hide All buttons. We are going to select the Off button, and we are going to add the action Go To State on the fonts to go to none. The On button, Go To State, fonts, all.
Now, let's test our page. When we click on each of these buttons, the correct font shows, and if I press the On button, they all come on, and they'll go off with the Off button. As you can see from the layout, multi- state objects are not just for slideshows. They can be used whenever you want something to appear different in your layout as the user interacts with the document in a certain way. As with most aspects of InDesign, the more you use it, the more uses you will find for it.
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