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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.
After finishing the design of your presentation, you need to export it to a SWF. Let's take a look at our various export options. Inside our finished presentation, we are going to go to File > Export. We are going to make sure we choose the Flash player, and we'll save it to the Desktop. Let's take a look at all of the options. If we had an object on our page selected, we could export just that selection. But for a presentation, we should export all of the pages. Now if you wanted to narrow it down, you could choose a specific subset of pages. For example, I could choose pages 2-5, 8, and 11-16, but for now, I am going to choose all of the pages.
If I am going to be presenting from a web browser, I want to be sure to generate an HTML file. But if I am going to be presenting from the Flash projector player I don't have to do this. For now, I am going to leave this on. If you've designed your presentation in its final output size, you should choose 100%; otherwise you can scale it up and down accordingly. We can also scale it to fit a specific dimension if we need it to. If you want to include transitions, we need to include the background paper color; otherwise we can have it be transparent. If we've included any interactivity, we should be sure to include it; otherwise if you choose Appearance Only, it won't work.
If there are any transitions inside your document, we can choose From Document so they are included; otherwise we can override them to choose a specific transition or none at all. For now, I am going to choose None. If you want to include an interactive page curl, you can turn this option on now. For more information on this feature, please refer to the previous video. Inside our Advanced dialog, we have a few more controls. As I mouse over each option, there will be a description at the bottom that explains what they are. I usually leave the frame rate alone. If you increase it beyond 24 frames per second, your animations will be smoother, but your file size will get larger.
For Text, I leave it at Flash Classic Text. You can also convert to outlines and pixels if you wish. We can also rasterize, or flatten our transparency, but if you do this, the interactivity will no longer work. And finally, under Image Handling, we can leave the quality on JPEG High and the Resolution at 72 ppi. This will be suitable for onscreen display. When I finish with these options, you could click OK and then export your presentation. Now this presentation is a little large for my computer screen, but on a projector it's at the right size. So I am going scroll down to navigate.
I can press the buttons to go between all of the pages. And as you can see, everything fades in. One last final piece of advice: before you're ready to give your presentation, don't forget to be sure that you have the Flash player installed on that computer.
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