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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.
Creating animations and adding multimedia to your layouts is important. But if they do not appear in the correct sequence your project will not be a success. In this video, we're going to learn to use the Timing panel to set proper playback of the animations on this spread. Let's preview the spread. (Rattling of the train) You can see everything is out of order. We heard a train noise, but there's no train. We see part of pump showing up. Move finally comes in last. It doesn't make any sense. We have to put this in the right order.
For that we're going to use the Timing panel. So open the Timing panel. The Timing panel lets us control the order of animations on the page. It starts at the top and plays straight down. If we want to change the order we can just drag them around. I want the Move icon to happen first, so I am going to drag this to the top, followed by Move. That's going to have this little animation up appear followed by this one. I want to have it followed by the Charge Station, then the Train and the mp3. So I'm going to grab the Train and the train.mp3, but I want both of these to happen at the same time.
So by holding the Shift key and selecting both of them I can press the button that says Play together. This will ensure that they play at the exact same time. Next we'll have the EV Car, followed by Reveal and then finely "Charge 'ER UP". I'm going to put a slight Delay on Charger 'ER Up to a half second. That way it doesn't happen right away. Now to preview this spread we can just hit the Preview button. (Rattling of the train) There, now it looks like everything is in place. Be sure to test your animation for each spread and watch it carefully. If you notice that things are happening out of order or too quickly, the Timing panel will help you regain control of your spread.
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