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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.
When you export a FLA file from InDesign CS5 you'll need to open it with Flash Professional CS5. After opening our InDesign exported FLA file inside Flash Professional our layout looks just like it did inside InDesign. Except for when I try to scroll down I don't see any more of the layout; I only see the first spread. Instead, inside my Timeline I have these little circles which stand for each frame and each frame happens to correspond to each spread inside InDesign. So as I move over I'm able to see all of the spreads inside Flash.
So if I come to the fourth frame, I can see the fourth spread inside our layout and everything looks pretty good. But if I try to select anything I just get one big selection. Instead, I have to get down to the individual assets, because everything is essentially grouped. To get down to the next item, I'm going to double-click my mouse. When I double-click you'll see everything becomes alive. I can select each of these frames and down here I have all of the layers from InDesign. Now if I want, I can select the text. By double-clicking again, it switches to my Type tool and I can see how well all of my text is transferred.
By grabbing my regular Selection tool, I can grab another item. Over on the right-hand side I have all these images. Now you may be expecting these images to be over on the spread right here. Well the reason they are off to the side is these are animated. Inside the InDesign layout we had them sliding in from their right-hand side. Because they slide from the right they have to start somewhere so they're starting over on the baseboard. If I double-click to select this image, you will see the motion path where I can see that it's going to end up right here. In fact, inside my Timeline panel, I can control the animation itself and see exactly how it's going to start and end.
I am going to put this back to the first frame and to go back to the spread I'll just click on the Spread 7-8 button. Inside my Library panel, I am able to see all of my library items. These are all of the elements from InDesign. So if I click right here, here's this image and here's the other image so that you can see how well everything is transferred. A button is transferred quite well too. When I select this button and I double-click, I can go and see the overstate and the upstate. To go back, I'm just going to come and click on the spread again and I'm going to go back to the Main scene. When I go to the second spread, we'll see here's my movie.
But when I double-click and I get to the movie, there is no movie file. That's because InDesign does not transfer the movie inside the exported FLA. It just transfers the poster image. The video file is inside our resources file right next to FLA. In a later video we'll learn how to import the video into Flash Professional. As you can see, your InDesign layout transfers quite well into Flash. Even if you don't plan an editing of the Flash files yourself, it is a good idea to explore how your layout would look inside Flash.
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