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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.
InDesign has many different screen modes, like Normal, Preview, Bleed, or Slug. A brand-new mode inside CS5 is the Presentation mode, which allows you to give an impromptu presentation right at your desk. To switch to Presentation mode, we have a few different options. Inside our Tool panel, I can press and hold at the bottom and switch to Presentation. I can also go to View > Screen Mode > Presentation, or I can press the keyboard shortcut Shift+W. Inside Presentation mode, our multimedia will not work, like animations and buttons.
To go to the next page, we can click our left mouse button, press the Right Arrow key or the Page Down button. To go to a previous page, we can right- click, press the left arrow, or Page Up. To go to the end of the document, we can press End or Home to go to the beginning of the document. Right now, there is a black background. But if we hit W, we can get a white background, and G for gray background. I am going to hit B again to go back to black. When we are finished with our presentation, we can hit Escape to leave it. If I would like to create a self-running slideshow, I am going to go to Window > Utilities > Scripts.
Then I can run the SlideShow.jsx. To learn to install a script, please refer to our previous video in this course. To download this script or find out more information, please visit www.gilbertconsulting.com. Keith Gilbert wrote this amazing script. To run the script, we are going to double-click at it. The dialog will ask us, how many seconds do we want in-between each slide? I am going to put three seconds. I could choose to loop at the end, if I wish, but I don't need to do that right now. Pay attention that I have to press the Escape key twice in order to close this presentation.
I am going to click OK. The presentation will begin, and every three seconds the slide will pass to the next slide. When you are finished with the presentation, you can hit the Escape key twice to leave. Presentation mode is not specifically meant for giving presentations, but if you want to quickly show off your work, it is useful way to hide distracting elements of the UI.
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