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Creating a sound hot spot

From: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

Video: Creating a sound hot spot

Earlier, I demonstrated how to animate a series of flies along a motion path. While the animation looked good, it would be really impressive if we added some audio. In order to trigger this audio, we need to create a sound hotspot. A hotspot, or an invisible button, is an area of the page that triggers audio when you mouse over it. Now let's import our audio. Your audio should be an MP3. If you have other sources of audio, you should convert it first into an MP3 using iTunes or another program. If you try to import another type of audio, like a WAV file, InDesign will display a warning telling you that it won't work inside the Flash Player.

Creating a sound hot spot

Earlier, I demonstrated how to animate a series of flies along a motion path. While the animation looked good, it would be really impressive if we added some audio. In order to trigger this audio, we need to create a sound hotspot. A hotspot, or an invisible button, is an area of the page that triggers audio when you mouse over it. Now let's import our audio. Your audio should be an MP3. If you have other sources of audio, you should convert it first into an MP3 using iTunes or another program. If you try to import another type of audio, like a WAV file, InDesign will display a warning telling you that it won't work inside the Flash Player.

So to bring in an MP3, we are going to go to File > Place and inside our Links folder we have a media folder. In our media folder we are going to select liveSpread_flies.mp3. With our floated cursor, we are going to place this on our pasteboard. Since there's no visual appearance to the audio we can leave it on the pasteboard. To preview the audio, I am going to select this audio file and go to my Media panel. Inside the Media panel I can press the play button to listen to it.

(Bzzz. Flies buzzing.) Inside the Media panel I have some other options that control its playback, but I am going to control it via a button so I don't need to change these. To prevent myself from moving this audio file, I am going to go to Object > Lock. Now that I have the audio file placed I need to create a sound hotspot. I am going to grab the Rectangle Frame tool and switch to the Buttons layer. I am going to draw a rectangle over the area that I want the hotspot to be. Next, I'll grab my Selection tool and resize this so this fits better.

I am going to go to my Button panel and convert it to a button. I don't need to add any appearance because I want this to be invisible. We're going to name the button sound hot spot. We're going to add an action on the event, Roll Over. On Roll Over we are going to go to Sound and it's going to find the liveSpread_flies.mp3, and we're going to choose Play. We're going to add the event On Roll Off and add the action Sound, Stop.

This way when we mouse over the button the sound begins and when you mouse away it stops. Let's preview. We have the animation with our flies, and as I mouse over, (Bzzz. Flies buzzing.) it begins and when I mouse away it stops. Creating a sound hotspot adds another dimension to your document which can be a lot of fun. Be careful not to add audio files that are too long because when the user moves away the audio will stop.

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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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