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Sharing motion presets

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Video: Sharing motion presets

Motion presets are a great way to simplify the animation of an object and it's possible to share your motion presets between InDesign and Flash. Since Flash has more animation controls, you can bring your simple animation into Flash, make some adjustments and export the motion presets back to in design. Inside InDesign we're going to create a simple animation with a star. I'm going to select the star and go over to my Animation panel and add the preset Move Right. If we want to preview this, we can open up the Preview panel and we'll see it's doing a simple move to the right.

Sharing motion presets

Motion presets are a great way to simplify the animation of an object and it's possible to share your motion presets between InDesign and Flash. Since Flash has more animation controls, you can bring your simple animation into Flash, make some adjustments and export the motion presets back to in design. Inside InDesign we're going to create a simple animation with a star. I'm going to select the star and go over to my Animation panel and add the preset Move Right. If we want to preview this, we can open up the Preview panel and we'll see it's doing a simple move to the right.

Let's export this to Flash Professional. We're going to go to File > Export and choose Flash CS4 Professional, and we will put this on our desktop. We leave all the controls the same and we'll click OK. And we'll jump to Flash. Now that I have the exported FLA from InDesign open inside the Flash, let's take a look at the animation. I'm going to the Spread and double-click to select the star. When I double-click again, I can see the motion path. When I select the path and I go down to that the panel called the Motion Editor, I have a lot more controls.

I'm going to resize this panel so we can see more of the controls. Now I'm going to come down to Alpha. Right now, I'm on the first frame, which means we see all of the image. I want to create a blinking effect for the star by lowering the Alpha amount. Right now, the Alpha amount is at 100%, which means we see all of the star. I'm going to move the playhead to the fifth frame, and I'm going to add a keyframe by clicking here. A keyframe just means something is going to change at this particular frame. What we're going to change is the Alpha amount and we're going to drag this all the way down to zero to make the star disappear.

We are then going to move to the 10th frame, and we're going to increase this back to 100%. On the 15th frame we will lower this back to zero and on the 20th frame we put it back at 100%. And then on the final frame, the 25th frame, we will put it back at zero again. Now let's test this movie and see what happens. You can see we have the star doing a little blink across the sky. If I want to share this with InDesign, I need to export it as a motion preset.

Let's close this panel. I'm going to the Motion Presets panel by going to to Window > Motion Presets. To make a new motion preset, I'm going to hit the new button. I'm going to call this move and blink, and I'll click OK. Now that I have made this motion preset I need to share this with InDesign. By selecting this motion preset I'll go into the panel menu and choose Export. I'm going to put this on my desktop, and it's going to have the name move and blink.xml, and I'll click Save. Now back in side InDesign I need to open up my Animation panel.

Inside the Animation panel I'll go inside the panel menu and choose Manage Presets. In here I'll hit Load and now on my desktop I'm going to select move and blink.xml. Now that I've this added, I can hit Done, and then I can apply this preset to the animation. Now it looks the same and I don't get a preview, but if I open up the Preview panel I can see the animation happening. To make this a more appealing animation, I'm going to increase its duration to a few more seconds.

And I'm going to loop it, have it start off of the page, select that path and have it go all the way across the page. Now let's preview this. Now you can see that we have the star animating all the way across the page and blinking. Sharing motion presets is a great way for a Flash developer to create a complex animation in Flash and share it with you inside InDesign.

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InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Introduction
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 45s
    1. Interactive documents: Born Magazine
      1m 49s
    2. Annual report case study: Unitus
      1m 44s
    3. Self-publishing
      1m 59s
    4. Digital books: iBooks, ePub
      2m 15s
    5. Digital newspapers: Times Reader
      1m 51s
    6. Digital magazines: Wired, iGIZMO, The New Yorker
      2m 7s
  3. 12m 32s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      2m 36s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      2m 21s
    4. Working with images
      2m 37s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 52s
  4. 9m 40s
    1. Comparing PDF and SWF presentations
      2m 5s
    2. Presenting from InDesign: Presentation mode
      2m 2s
    3. Presenting a SWF
      1m 50s
    4. Presenting a PDF
      1m 8s
    5. Creative tip: Practice your presentation
      2m 35s
  5. 33m 42s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 28s
    2. Previewing your layout with the Preview panel
      3m 25s
    3. Creative tip: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
      3m 11s
    4. Setting up a presentation with layers
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      4m 40s
    7. Overriding master page items
      3m 21s
    8. Setting page transitions
      2m 31s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      2m 26s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      2m 14s
  6. 23m 30s
    1. Adding a Full Screen button with a tool tip
      4m 15s
    2. Creating PDF bookmarks in InDesign
      3m 19s
    3. Using a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
      3m 11s
    4. Using animation inside a PDF presentation
      6m 15s
    5. Exporting your presentation to interactive PDF
      4m 6s
    6. Creating a PDF Portfolio presentation
      2m 24s
  7. 29m 50s
    1. Exploring the Animating Encyclopedia Script
      6m 24s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a list
      2m 28s
    4. Designing an alternate navigation
      3m 35s
    5. Creating a multistate object
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a page number indicator
      1m 59s
    7. Animating an opening page
      1m 53s
    8. Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls
      2m 4s
    9. Exporting your presentation to SWF
      2m 21s
    10. Watching out for transitions with animations
      1m 3s
  8. 24m 3s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 43s
    2. Creative tip: Breaking down a complex animation
      3m 2s
    3. Taming the Timing panel
      1m 43s
    4. Animating on a motion path
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a sound hot spot
      2m 34s
    6. Creating a slideshow with a multistate object
      1m 50s
    7. Creating a loaded button
      2m 43s
    8. Creating an interactive map
      4m 25s
    9. Creative tip: Have fun!
      3m 1s
  9. 15m 38s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 19s
    2. Creating the opening transition
      4m 20s
    3. Creating a logo slideshow
      2m 34s
    4. Animating the color palette
      3m 44s
    5. Combining multistate objects and buttons
      3m 41s
  10. 28m 45s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 26s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      4m 19s
    3. Building a navigation system
      2m 9s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 1s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      4m 14s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      3m 59s
    7. Setting navigation points
      3m 24s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      2m 2s
    9. Creating URLs from hyperlinks
      4m 11s
  11. 22m 40s
    1. Preparing your layout for Export
      5m 7s
    2. Handing off your InDesign layout to Flash
      3m 11s
    3. Opening the FLA file in Flash CS5 Professional
      2m 33s
    4. Adding a stop command and testing the movie
      2m 22s
    5. Fixing the buttons
      3m 8s
    6. Importing a video into Flash
      1m 45s
    7. Editing the animations
      2m 59s
    8. Publishing a SWF
      1m 35s
  12. 17m 0s
    1. Avoiding legacy media
      1m 11s
    2. Converting a video into FLV with Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 52s
    3. Using the JPG Pass-Through filter
      2m 32s
    4. Avoiding compatibility issues
      3m 7s
    5. Slimming down your FLA
      2m 41s
    6. Sharing motion presets
      3m 40s
    7. Testing hyperlinks in a SWF
      1m 57s
  13. 34s
    1. Further Recommendations
      34s

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