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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.
Even the most amazing presentations will fall short if you've never practiced it before. It's important to do practice runs of your presentation multiple times to understand when and where to click, the timing of your animations, and what are you going to be saying on each and every slide. Inside our presentation, I have a navigation system in the lower right-hand corner. I should practice to see how this buttons work and interact with my document before I give my presentation. For example, this button means "go to the next page." By clicking I go to the next page. I can also go to the last page in my document, previous page, and the first page of my document.
When I am giving a presentation, I recommend that you keep your mouse near the navigation system, because if your mouse is way off in the other corner and you are ready to go to the next page, it can be distracting to your audience to have to manually move your mouse down and try to find where the button is. In fact, I like to keep my mouse on the next page button so all I have to do is click to go to the next page. If your slide has a lot of animations that take a long time, you have to be prepared to talk or narrate while your animations are coming in. You don't necessarily want to lot of dead air while you're giving your presentation.
You also shouldn't be reading directly from your slide. It's okay to read what's on it, but if you only read what's on the slide it's not very interesting. You need to elaborate about what's going on. On the next page, I have a series of bullets appearing. By knowing how long this takes, I can be prepared to talk about each bullet as they arrive. By knowing more information for each of these particular bullets, I can elaborate out them if anyone has any questions from the audience. On another page, I have another type of event. For this page, the bullets don't appear automatically.
I have it set as an event of a mouse click. So, by clicking I know that this next bullet will show up, I can talk about it, and take much time as I need, click again, talk about the next point, and then when I am ready I can click and go to the last point. If your presentation contains a video and you are presenting from the Flash player projector, beware of a serious bug when you're presenting in Full Screen mode. In Full Screen mode, when you get to a video it will not appear correctly, and it will be hard to give you a presentation. I recommend that you just present from either the Flash player and stay not fullscreen, or present from a web browser.
To play a video, I can just click this button-- (Music playing.) and control my video. Finally, you should practice your speech. If you know that your speech is going to be about an hour long, have a little more material than an hour, because sometimes when get nervous you talk a little faster, and you might end early. Even with the best practice, your presentation may not always be perfect. But by knowing your material inside and out, giving your presentation will become second nature to you.
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