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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.
There are two different ways that you can present a SWF: the stand-alone Flash player projector, or web browser. Regardless of which method you choose, be sure that you have the necessary software installed before you begin your presentation. To present from the stand-alone Flash player projector, you first have to download it from Adobe's web site. On this page, you will need to scroll down and download the player projector for Windows, Macintosh, or Linux. After installing the projector, you can open up and use SWF file to give a presentation. To present in Full Screen mode, you can go to View > Full Screen, or hit Command+F or Ctrl+F on the PC.
To navigate inside our document, we can use the buttons that we've created inside InDesign to go forward or backward. If we would like to use keyboard shortcuts, we can click on the presentation and press right arrow to go forward or left arrow to go backward. When you're done with the presentation, you can hit Escape to leave fullscreen. If you would like to be able to present your presentation without the Flash player projector, you can create a stand-alone projector by going to the File menu and going to Create Projector. If you do this, your projector will only work on the platform that you're on.
So if you are on a Mac, you will be able to create a projector that you can double-click to run your presentation without having the Flash player projector installed. But it won't work on a PC. You will have to do this on a PC using the Flash player projector. To present from a web browser, you just have to have the Flash player installed. You can just open up the HTML file that was exported from Adobe InDesign CS5. Inside you can use the navigation to go forward and backward, or the keyboard shortcuts that we learned earlier to navigate. You will notice that you can't go in Full Screen mode, and there is a gray background around your presentation.
Presenting from a web browser may seem more convenient, but in my opinion it's better to present from a stand-alone Flash player projector, since it allows you to run your presentations in Full Screen mode.
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