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David Blatner brings his knowledge of and passion for InDesign to the latest release of this state-of-the-art publishing program, showing how to harness its power and functionality. InDesign CS4 Beyond the Basics covers the process of publishing with an eye on the program's latest nuances: optimizing page layouts, automating InDesign with Data Merge and XML, exploring interactive documents (including making movies), and exporting publications to a variety of formats. Exercise files accompany the course.
I am looking at the interactive PDF file that I exported from the last movie. And I am going to put this into Full Screen mode because I want to see it as a Presentation. In Acrobat, I will choose Full Screen Mode from the View menu. That looks really pretty, and we can see that our rollovers work. And even if I click on one of these navigations, it takes us right to that page. But the transition is too fast, too clean. I would like to use a more fun page transition. Can we do that? Sure, no problem. I will press the Escape key to leave the Full Screen Mode, and I am going to close this Acrobat file and switch back to InDesign. To change my page transitions, I want to open the Page Transitions panel, which is a new feature in InDesign CS4. So I will go to the Window menu and then choose Page Transitions out of the Interactive menu.
The Page Transitions panel gives you two different ways to choose a transition. First, you can pull one out of this pop- up menu. Let's see what Box looks like. It will give you a little preview if you put your cursor on top of it. That's pretty good. Let's try a different one. How about Comb? The second way to choose a transition is to go to the flyout menu of the Transitions panel and choose Choose. That gives you a different view of your page transitions, the same transitions but you can see them all at the same time. Just place your cursor on top of one of these to see a preview. I am going to choose this Zoom In/Out by clicking on its radio button. I am also going to turn on this Apply to All Spreads checkbox to make sure that it is applied to all of the different spreads in my document.
Notice that the Page Transitions panel also gives me a couple of extra pop-up menus here to set the parameters of this transition. For example, do I want it to go down, or left, or right, or up? And how fast, slow, medium, or fast? I'll leave it set to those values and let's go try it out. I can't see the page transitions in InDesign but I can see it as soon as I export an Acrobat PDF file or a Flash SWF file. In this case, I am going to export a PDF file. I will go to the File menu, choose Export, and save this to my Desktop as a PDF. I will just use Acrobat 6 compatibility because I know most people have that. And I want to make sure my Interactive Elements checkbox is turned on.
I will click Export, and InDesign writes the file to disk and opens it in Acrobat. Acrobat will not show me those page transitions unless I am in Full Screen Mode. So I better go turn that on and we will try it out. Here we go. As soon as I click on Stores, we see the transition. Click back to Products and we see the transition again. I think page transitions are really cool. I mean you don't have to use them but they can definitely spice up an interactive document.
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