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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.
When you design traditional print documents a large group of images can take up most of your layout. With interactive documents you can be much more economical with your space. I am going to create a slideshow with a multi-state object. With my Selection tool, I am going to click and drag and select these images. Next, I am going to go to my Align panel. If you don't have this open, you can go to Window > Object & Layout > Align or press Shift+F7. Back in the Align panel I am going to align my objects to the left edges and then also align them on their top edges.
I can close this panel. Now before I create a multi-state object I want all these images to fade in, so I am going to go to my Animation panel and choose Fade In. Next, we'll go to our Object States panel and create a new multi-State object. We'll give the object the name slideshow. Now in order to move from image to image we have to have buttons to go forward and backward. I am going to deselect and select this back button.
Next, I'll go to my Button panel, and I am going to add an action, On Release, Go To Previous State. I'll select the next button, go to the action Go To Next State. Now let's preview our movie. On this page, if I click the next button it goes to the next image and every time I click it goes from image to image to image. If I want to go back, I can press to go back. You notice I can continue forever in either direction.
If I want to stop at the beginning of the list or end of the list, I can go back to my Button panel or add the action Stop at Last State. This will stop me from looping with the slideshow. As you can see, a multi-state object lets you present a lot of information in a much smaller space.
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