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Editing the animations

From: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

Video: Editing the animations

InDesign's handling of animation is not nearly as robust as Flash, but the animations that InDesign can produce do transfer quite well. Right now, we are looking at an exported SWF InDesign and we want to find out where some of the animations are occurring. If I go to the last spread, you are going to see we have a series of animations of these snowboarders kind of sliding in from the edge. So let's jump over to Flash, and inside Flash we are going to move playhead scrub over to the last frame where we can see the last spread. Now what I want to do is modify some of these animations to make them a little more complicated. I am going to double-click to go into the spread and I am going to click again to select this red snowboarder.

Editing the animations

InDesign's handling of animation is not nearly as robust as Flash, but the animations that InDesign can produce do transfer quite well. Right now, we are looking at an exported SWF InDesign and we want to find out where some of the animations are occurring. If I go to the last spread, you are going to see we have a series of animations of these snowboarders kind of sliding in from the edge. So let's jump over to Flash, and inside Flash we are going to move playhead scrub over to the last frame where we can see the last spread. Now what I want to do is modify some of these animations to make them a little more complicated. I am going to double-click to go into the spread and I am going to click again to select this red snowboarder.

When I double-click on him, I am going to be able to see the actual motion path. If I play with the scrub head, you can see he slides over time to his final position. Well if I want to modify this, when I mouse over the motion path, my cursor changes to show a little curve, which means I can click and drag and bend this path. Now, if I play with the scrub head, you can see he slides in as a slight curve. Now if I want to modify this further, if I select this motion path, I can go to a new panel called the Motion Editor. Inside the Motion Editor I have a series of controls that will let me add complicated properties to the motion itself.

Down here I am going to come to Skew X, and I am going to changes its value from 0 to 70. When I do this, you'll see the image skews to 70 degrees. If I change the playhead, you can see it stays the same throughout the duration of the entire animation. What I want to do is move this playhead to the end and I am going to come here and add a little diamond which is called a keyframe. When I click on this, I am going to set this at 0, which means the last frame is going to set him back to being a normal image. Now over time, he'll slowly fade from being skewed to being normal.

We are going back to our timeline and on the last frame, I am going to add a Stop command, because I want this animation to stop. So I'll double-click on Stop at This Frame, and now I have a Stop command. Now I know that there are series of animations on this page. I need to add stop commands in each of those. Otherwise those animations will play endlessly. So I am going back to this spread, and I am going to double-click to select this animation. I am going to slide all the way over, go to my Code Snippets, and double-click on Stop at This Frame. Then I'll repeat this process for the other animations. I have got this guy.

I'll drag him over, double-click and stop this frame, and then the last one is a kind of hidden. Inside this exported SWF, we saw those tiny snowboards slide in from up here. If I click over here, you can see it's kind of hidden. The reason it's hidden is it started out transparent and slowly faded in. That's why I want to look at the exported SWF, so I know that I saw an animation up there. I'll double-click and select this one. I can drag it over to the end and then I'll add a Stop at This Frame. Now that I have this finished, we can test our movie.

We can jump to last frame. You are going to find yourself making more complicated animations with motion editor. Don't forget that you can share these animations between Flash and InDesign. For more information on sharing these animations, watch the video on motion presets in the next chapter.

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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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