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Creating a navigation system

From: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

Video: Creating a navigation system

In order to let you move from slide to slide, it is crucial to create a simple and efficient navigation system. We are going to put our navigation system on the master page. A master page is a special page that automatically applies information to specific pages in a document. We are going to begin by going to the A-Master page in our document. Inside our Pages panel, double-clicks on A-Master. Now, let's rename the A-Master to something a little more specific. Mouse over the words "A-Master", right- click or Ctrl+Click your mouse and choose Master Options for "A-Master".

Creating a navigation system

In order to let you move from slide to slide, it is crucial to create a simple and efficient navigation system. We are going to put our navigation system on the master page. A master page is a special page that automatically applies information to specific pages in a document. We are going to begin by going to the A-Master page in our document. Inside our Pages panel, double-clicks on A-Master. Now, let's rename the A-Master to something a little more specific. Mouse over the words "A-Master", right- click or Ctrl+Click your mouse and choose Master Options for "A-Master".

We are going to leave the A, but we are going to name this "Nav". Now that we are in on the Nav master, we need to create the buttons. Click and hold down the Rectangle tool and choose the Polygon tool. When you click and drag, you might have a hexagon or a different shape, but we are just going to change a number of sides. In previous versions of InDesign, you could use the arrow keys to change a number of sides. But in CS5, if you try to use the arrow keys, you might start adding more shapes. Well, to change this behavior, press the Spacebar. When you tap the Spacebar, it changes to the old way of working.

When you use the Down button, it will change the numbers side down. If you use the Up button, it adds more sides. We are going to go down to three sides to draw a triangle. After drawing the triangle, I want you to swap the stroke and fill and switch to your Selection tool. We are going to move it to the center of the page and then most to the corner and rotate. Hold the Shift key to rotate in 90-degree increments until we get it on its side. Now, let's resize this to a smaller size and place this in the lower right-hand corner. Let's change its color from 100% black to 15% gray. Click on Tint and type in 15%.

Now, let's zoom in so we can see this closer. To help soften this triangle, we are going to go to Object > Corner Options to give it rounded corners. We'll put in a five-pixel rounded corner, and we'll click OK. Let's move this to the side because we've finished creating our Next Page graphic. Now we have to create our Last Page graphic. Hold down your Option or Alt key and drag a copy to the right. Now, we have to add a rectangle to make it look like it's the last page. I am going to click and hold the switch to the regular Rectangle tool, and we'll draw a rectangle the same height as the triangle.

Now, we'll switch to our Eyedropper tool and sample the formatting. You can see it picked up the rounded corners and the same color. Let's group these two objects. Now we have a Next Page button and the Last Page button, but we want to create a Previous Page button and a First Page button. We'll hold the Shift key and select both of them. Make sure your reference point is in the middle-left. Then Option or Alt+Click the Flip Horizontal button. This will put a mirrored copy of them to the left of the images. We can drag this over to separate them, and let's mouse over so we can see.

Now, I want to separate these graphics from our layout. Let's choose the Rectangle tool and click and drag a rectangle larger than all of them. Let's swap this stroke and fill and give them a nice 45% tint background. We are going to go to Object > Arrange > Send to Back to move them all the way to the back. We'll grab our Selection tool and resize it so it's a nice appropriate distance. Now, let's add a rounded corner. Object > Corner Options. We'll put a five- pixel rounded corner.

With all of these selected, let's move it to the lower right-hand corner and preview the layout. If it looks too large, we can always make it smaller, but I think it's appropriate right now. We can close the Preview panel. Now, let's create functional buttons. I am going to select the Next graphic and open the Button panel. I'll click on the appearance Normal to create a button, and I am going to name it "Next". I want to give it the Action, so when the user clicks on it, it goes to the next page. We are going to add an appearance to let you know when you roll over the button.

So we'll click on Rollover, and we are going to change it fill to 100% black. Let's leave its appearance at Normal, and now let's repeat the process for the other buttons. Let's select the Last Page button and add the action Go to Last Page. We'll name it "Last", and we'll add a rollover of 100%. We'll put it back to normal, and then we'll repeat the process for the remaining two. This will be the Previous page.

We'll name it "Previous" and add a rollover of 100%. Then finally, First page and rollover of 100%. Now, let's test. As you can see, they work. As we roll over, each of them change. If we had extra pages in the document with different content we'd be able to see that.

Whenever you find yourself creating new interactive content, it's a good idea to get in the habit of testing it with the Preview panel. This way if something that you have created isn't working properly, you can go back and fix it while it's fresh in your mind.

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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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