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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.
Most people think of buttons as a way to go to the next something, like a page or an image in a slideshow. Buttons can also be used to trigger animations when you click on them. Let's create a button that will trigger a series of talk bubbles to appear. At the bottom of this page I have a small food truck. Let's add the animation to have each of these bubbles appear. I am going to select these bubbles, go to my Animation panel, and choose the Preset > Appear. Let's preview. As you can see, each of them are appearing one after another.
But I want them to appear in a different order and I want them to appear when I click on this button. Let's open the Animation panel. Inside the Animation panel the Event is set to On Page Load. That's why all of these bubbles appeared when the page loaded. Let's change this. I am going to turn off On Page Load. Right now, there's no event for them. If I was to preview this animation, nothing would happen. Instead, we're going to come over here to this little button. This button is a button trigger. When I click on this, my cursor changes into a crosshair and I can mouse over a click on any button on the layout.
I am going to click on the Food Truck button. As soon as I click on the Food Truck button, the Button panel will open up and we can see that it's set to On Release, play all of these animations. Let's preview. Right now, the bubbles are ready to load, but they are not going to load until I click on the Truck button. Let's click. Each button appears one after another. If I want to change the order of them, I'll open the Timing panel. I am going to put them in the order 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. That's better.
To make this more interesting, let's add a sound effect as each bubble appears. I still have my Truck button selected, and I am going to go to the Button panel, and I am going to add another Action, Sound > eatSpread_speechBubble, Option > Play. I am going to repeat this action four more times. And finally the last one. Now I want this sound to play after each animation plays. I am going to grab this sound effect and drag it up so it plays after the Animation (bubble 1).
Then I'll go down and repeat the process for the rest. Now let's test our movie. When I click on the Truck button-- (Whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh, whoosh) we hear the sound effect as each bubble appears. We just used button triggers to play in animation, but they can also be used to stop, play, resume, or even reverse an animation. Button triggers are just another way to add interactivity to your InDesign creations.
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