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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.
We can easily create hyperlinks to web sites or e-mail by using the Hyperlinks panel. On this slide, I have a list of tours for Explore California that I want you to click on to visit the web site for more information. On the pasteboard in our document, I have two different hyperlinks that we're going to be using. I'm going to select the first one and copy it to the clipboard. Next, I'm going to select Backpack California, open the Hyperlinks panel, and paste in the URL, and hit Enter or Return. Now I've created a hyperlink to this web site for the text "Backpack California." If I want to control the options for this hyperlink, I can double-click on the words "Backpack California".
Inside the options, I could change its Appearance. If you have a visible rectangle, you might want to make it invisible. We could also apply a character style if we like. We can click OK. The rest of these links are going to link to the same page on our web site, since these pages are still under development. I'm going to copy this URL to the clipboard, select California Calm, and paste it in. Since the rest of these items are going to the same URL, there is a different technique that we're going to use. When I select Cycle California, inside the URL there is a dropdown menu, and you can choose the URL that we made earlier.
I will repeat this for the rest. Finally, I want you'll be able to send any questions that you have about the tours to a specific e-mail address. With "questions?" selected, I'm going to go into the Hyperlink Panel menu and choose New Hyperlink. Now I'm going to choose Link To > Email. I'm going to type in the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Subject will be "Questions", and we'll click OK.
Now let's preview our hyperlinks. We'll open up the Preview panel, and inside the panel, we can click on any of the hyperlinks to see if they work. Let's go back into the layout and try another. If you try to test your hyperlinks inside a PDF or SWF file, you might get a security warning. This way inside the Preview panel we can avoid having to deal with any security warnings. When we click on "questions?" it will launch our default e-mail application.
Inside your e-mail application, it will compose a new e-mail to the address that we specified, with the subject that we typed. Hyperlinks don't have to be used just for e-mail and web sites; they can also be used for links within a document.
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