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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.
Thumbnails work well when you have a small number of pages, but if you have a lot of pages it can be difficult to tell which page you are choosing. Adding a page number that appears as you move over each thumbnail can make it easier to navigate. We are going to add a page number to each thumbnail in this video. We are going to start by going to the A-Nav master page. I am going to double-click. I am going to click and drag and then select all the page numbers on this page. Opening my Layers panel, you can see I have a page number for every single page, including a None item. With all of these selected, I am going to go to my Object States panel and create a new multi-state object.
Now I have a state for every single page, but what I need to do, on State 17, is rename this "None" and drag this to the top. And now I'm going to go down to the bottom of my page and double-click to select the first page thumbnail. Inside my Buttons panel, I am going to change my event to On Roll Over. Next, I'll add an action that says Go To State. This way when I roll over the thumbnail for page 1, the page 1 will show up. Next, I have to add a roll off to make that page number disappear. I am going to choose Actions > Go To State, None.
Let's preview to make sure this works. Open the Preview panel, and I can mouse down to my Page Navigation. And as I move over the thumbnail for page 1, page 1 appears. When I move away, it goes away. Let's do one more button. I am going to close this panel, double- click to select the second button, go to the Button panel, add the event, On Roll Over, we'll add the Action Go To State, State 2, On Roll Off, Go To State, None, and now I'll continue to do this for the other 16 buttons.
Now that we've finished all of our buttons, let's go to page 1 and preview our animation. I am going to double-click to go to page 1, and then we'll open up our Preview panel. When I mouse over the page navigation and I mouse over any of the buttons, you can see the page numbers pop up. But when I move away, they fade away. Adding page numbers to your presentation is another tool for simple navigation. They allow you to quickly and decisively find the slides you need when you need them.
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