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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
In the last movie we looked at how to import movies into your InDesign document. Now let's look at sound files. But before you get too excited, you need to know that InDesign is pretty limited in the kind of files that it can import; specifically, it cannot import those MP3 files that you just ripped from a CD and no, it can't play those rocking tunes while you are laying out your document either. No, this is for PDF playback while you are in Acrobat, but it will work with all the basic file formats, such as, WAV, AU, and AIFF files.
Let's see how to do it. I have my Bliss_ Interactive file open from my Exercise folder and I am going to jump to the last page by clicking on the Last Page button in the lower left corner. You can import a sound file the same way that you import a movie or a graphic. Just go to the File menu, choose Place, and then choose it from your hard drive. I am going to use this file called summary.AIF. I click Open and it loads the Place cursor. I can put this anywhere on my page. So I will just click and it creates a frame and puts the sound file into it.
Sound files, like movie files, have a poster image that is an image that shows up on screen when you view it in Acrobat. By default, you get this image of what I think is supposed to be a speaker with sound coming out of it, although to me it look like a space capsule. I don't like it at all. So we are going to make that go away in just a minute. To change my sound options, I go to the Object menu and choose from the Interactive submenu, Sound Options. But just like movies, that's like the really slowest way you could possibly do it. So I am not going to do that, I am just going to double click on it. Double click on the sound, opens the Sound Options dialog box, and you can give it a name if you want to, you can type a description of it if you want to, totally optional.
The important thing here is which file are we going to be targeting. That's useful if you need to choose a different one. The Poster, that is what is going to be showing up in the PDF, what's visible in the PDF. Do you really want this horrible looking speaker image? Probable not. You can choose a different image if you want to or you could just turn it off. I am just going to turn it off and have it be blank. Then you can choose to play it on the page turn. That is, as soon as this page shows up in Acrobat, do you want the sound to start going? I don't in this case. Do you want to print the poster image? I don't have a poster image, so I don't care about that. Do I want to embed this sound in the PDF? In general, you do. That way you don't have to keep track of sound files cluttering up your hard drive, trying to send those sound files to somebody else every time you send them to PDF. So generally I would just embed the sound in the PDF itself.
Let's click OK, and you can see the Poster completely disappears. It becomes invisible really. The problem is when I open this PDF in Acrobat, I won't be able to see it, but I will still be able to click on it. So in general, it's a good idea to hide this somewhere where people are not likely to click. Like I'm just going to put this up in the upper right corner. It won't do anything if they do click on it, but it's better just to keep it out of the way. Now, in this document, I would like to play that audio whenever somebody rolls over this button. So I have imported a graphic file, this is just a regular Photoshop image, and I have imported this graphic file and I want to turn it into a button. As we learned earlier in this chapter, I can do that by opening the Buttons panel, clicking the Button, and then setting this to On Roll Over play a sound. So I will select Sound from the Action pop-up menu, and I am going to say play the sound that we just imported, this AIF file.
Then when the cursor rolls off of it, let's do a different action. It's still going to be a sound action, but it's going to be a Sound Stop. So we will have On Roll Over it will play, and On Roll Off it will stop. While we are here, why don't we give this a rollover effect as well? So I will click on the Roll Over button, and instead of changing the status of this object that's here, this graphic, I am just going to import a whole different graphic entirely. So while this is selected I will go to the File menu, choose Place, and I will choose a different graphic. I am going to grab the button_over.psd file.
So in the Roll Over state it uses the Roll Over graphic, and in the normal state it uses the regular graphic. Okay. I think it's time to try it out. So I will export this file as a PDF onto my Desktop, and I want to make sure that Interactive Elements is turned on. Just like movies and buttons, sounds are interactive elements, and I am going to click Export, and it will export it and open it in Acrobat. Okay. Let's try it out. I am getting closer to the button, I am getting closer, I am getting closer, and as soon as I go on top of it... (Man 1: Bliss No. 5 is the first name in handmade quality chocolate.) It worked! I rolled over it, and the sounds started, the rollover changed, it was a thing of beauty.
You can do all sorts of clever things with sound files. For example, you might make a button that plays a sound of someone reading all the text on a page. After all, some folks learn better by hearing rather than reading the words. Whatever the case, sounds can really add a lot to your interactive PDF documents.
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