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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 we view our presentation fullscreen in Acrobat, or any view size in Flash, the shift between each page can be pretty abrupt. To help soften the shift, we can create page transitions. We're going to begin by selecting page 1 and right-clicking our mouse and choosing Page Transitions > Choose. Inside this dialog, we are presented with a range of options. When we mouse over each icon, we'll see a graphic representation of what the transition would be. So we have Comb, Box, Blinds, Fade, and so on.
You will notice says Page Turn says SWF Only. This means that this transition will only work when the export to Flash. I'm going to choose Fade for the first page and click OK. Next, we'll go to page 2, and this time I'm going to open the Page Transitions panel. If you don't have this panel open, go to Window > Interactive > Page Transitions. Inside this panel, I'm going to choose Push, Down, and Medium. If I want to apply this to every single page, I could hit this icon.
Next, we'll go to page 3, and I want to apply Fade to all of the odd pages, so I'm going to hold down Command or Ctrl and select the remaining odd pages. With these page is selected, I'll go to the Transition panel and choose Fade. Next, I'll select the remaining even pages and choose Push.
Now that I have my transitions finished, let's preview our document. We're going to go to File > Export > Adobe PDF (Interactive). We'll place this on our Desktop and click Save. Inside this dialog, we want to make sure we say View After Exporting for all of the pages and Page Transitions we want to choose From Document. This way the PDF will pick up all the transitions that we set up. If we'd want to override them, we could say None or to a specific transition. We'll click OK, and our PDF will open.
Next, we'll go to View > Full Screen mode, and we can use our navigation system to navigate between the pages. As we go between each page, we'll be able to see the transition in action. Keep in mind that the transitions that you choose for a page will be the effect that happens when you navigate to that page. For example, if you choose Fade on the first page, you'll only see this when you navigate to that page.
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