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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.
One of the most interesting developments around the whole iPad phenomenon is the digital magazine. One of the first magazines on the iPad was Wired magazine, which was developed in collaboration with Adobe. It was built using an upcoming technology called the Digital Magazine Solution. This was the first publication that was produced entirely using InDesign CS5. Wired Magazine is released every month on the iTunes store where you can purchase it and transfer it to your iPad. Let's take a look at an issue. The digital magazines have a unique navigation system. If I want to move between the pages, I can just slide to go left and right, or even up and down.
If I tap on the screen, there's a scrubby slider at the bottom that lets me jump to any page within the magazine. If I want to go back to the previous page, we have a Back button. There's a browser in the upper right- hand corner that gives me a bird's eye view of the entire magazine. Finally, we have a table of contents that lets me take a look at what's in this issue. Another magazine is iGIZMO. iGIZMO is a digital-only gadget magazine from the UK. One of the first pages of iGIZMO shows us how to use the magazine. There is icons that let us know if there is any special features on the pages.
On this page, it looks like there's a 360. I'm going to go down one page, I'm going to tap the screen, and I can slide back and forth with my finger to take a look at this device. Let's go to another page. This page has a slideshow. Each time I press a button, the image and the text changes. Let's check out another one of these. On this page, each time we press the camera, we get a different picture of the scooter. Let's see what video looks like on this device. I'm going to page-down till we get to this page, and we have three different videos. Let's play one. (Piers Thurston: Number one. When you're doing your preparation, think of the lasting impression and the impact (Piers Thurston: that you want to have on your interviewers. Count three things you want them to know and think about--) The video can be played in line, or we can tap and view it fullscreen.
Finally, let's check out the last page. The last page is letting us know if there's any articles that we might have missed. If we tap on one, it brings us back to that page. These magazines are just the beginning. As technology matures, we'll be seeing more features added. The goal of this course is to develop your skills to produce something just like this.
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