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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.
As you design interactive documents, you will probably end up using hyperlinks. Unfortunately, you may come across a security warning when you try to test these links in your browser. Inside our layout, I have a link to lynda.com. Let's preview this inside the Preview panel. When I click on the link, it will work as expected. Opens up my web browser and brings me to our web site. Back inside of InDesign, let's export this to a SWF. I am going to go to File > Export, and go on my desktop, and choose the Flash Player. I want to export the SWF file plus an HTML file and I want to view it after exporting.
I will click OK. Inside my browser, everything looks great. But when I try to click on the link, I am going to receive a Flash security warning. This Flash security warning is telling me that this link may be unsafe. Well, I know this link is fine, because I just created it. If I would click the OK button, it wouldn't bring me to the web site. In fact, if I try to click on the link again, it would block me all together. So if we want to control this, we have a few different options. Our first option is to click the Settings button. When you click on Settings, it'll bring you to a Macromedia web site deep inside Adobe's web site, which is pretty confusing.
On side of this page, there is a spot to manage our trust locations. I am going to add a location. Inside this location, I am going to browse for folder and on my desktop, I am going to make another folder that is called Testing_folder. When I click Open, it's going to say that this folder is a safe place on my computer. That means any SWF files that I place in here, I can test them without having to worry about that security setting. While this method does work, it is a pain. There is a better way to do this in my opinion.
Rather than dealing with these security settings, if I just put my SWF and HTML files on a web server, I can test them without having to worry about any of these problems. While these security warnings can be annoying, there are a few workarounds that you can do to avoid this in the future. But most important of all, your clients will never have to deal with any of these warnings.
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