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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.
It seems like every new version of InDesign adds more and more panels. And with all of its new interactive features, CS5 has almost 50 panels. The easiest way to manage all these panels is to save to their location as a workspace. Right now, we're working in the Essential workspace. I'm going to come up to the top of the screen and click on Essentials and change it to Interactive. Interactive is the default workspace for working with interactive documents inside CS5. We're going to customize this and make it look a little bit better. The first thing I'm going to do is remove the unnecessary panels. I'm going to come down to this Library icon, click and drag this off, and close it.
Next, I'm going to re-size this panel to make it a little shorter and then expand this panel. I'm going to grab the Page Transitions and drag it down here, I am going to put Preview at the top, and then I am going to combine some of these. I'm going to put the Timing underneath Animation, Object States underneath Timing, Media underneath Object States, and finally, Buttons underneath Media. I'm going to grab Hyperlinks and put that here, followed by Bookmarks.
I will grab Swatches. I don't need Gradient, so I'm going to grab that and remove it. We can remove Stroke and Color. Next, I am going to reorder Pages and layers. I'm going to grab Pages and put it right underneath the bottom. I'm going to put layers in the front. Now I'll go to Window > Object & Layout > Align, grab the Align panel that put that above Swatches, and I will close Pathfinder. I'll go to Window > Effects, and we will put Effects right over here.
And finally, let's add the Styles. Window > Styles > Character Styles, Paragraph Styles, and finally Object Styles. Now let's customize the Pages panel. From this Panel menu, I am going to go down and choose Panel Options. I'm going to changes Pages to Large, turn off Show Vertical, Masters is Extra Small and turn off Show Vertical, and I'll click OK.
Next, I am going to go to Preview and re-size this to make it a little larger. This way, when we preview our document, we can see a nice big preview. Now that we have finished, let's save it. I'm going to click on Interactive and choose New Workspace. You can call this whatever you like, but I'm calling mine 'Interactivity,' and then click OK. I already have a workspace with this name, so I'm going to replace it, and now we are finished. Now when you're working, if you accidentally move your panels around, you can go up to the Interactivity, and choose Reset, and it will go back to exactly the way that it was.
Managing the InDesign interface can seem like quite a challenge from the sheer number of panels, but having a workspace set up for each type of task will help you move from project to project with ease.
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