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Using the Animation panel

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Video: Using the Animation panel

One of my favorite new features of InDesign CS5 is the addition of animation. Adding animation to objects in your layout as is easy as changing the color of a frame. We're going to begin by opening up the Animation panel. I am going to go to Window > Interactive > Animation. I'm going to a select "Duration 1 week," and if I wanted to I could change the name of the object here, but I'm going to go to Preset. Presets are motion presets from Flash; think of them as canned animations. The top ones are the basic animations and the bottom ones are the more advanced animations. Let's choose Grow. When I choose Grow and mouse over the butterfly, you'll see the butterfly grow slightly.

Using the Animation panel

One of my favorite new features of InDesign CS5 is the addition of animation. Adding animation to objects in your layout as is easy as changing the color of a frame. We're going to begin by opening up the Animation panel. I am going to go to Window > Interactive > Animation. I'm going to a select "Duration 1 week," and if I wanted to I could change the name of the object here, but I'm going to go to Preset. Presets are motion presets from Flash; think of them as canned animations. The top ones are the basic animations and the bottom ones are the more advanced animations. Let's choose Grow. When I choose Grow and mouse over the butterfly, you'll see the butterfly grow slightly.

If I want to see this animation again, I can mouse over and see the animation again. Now if you've been using InDesign for quite a few years, this butterfly might look familiar to you. The reason is this was the icon for InDesign up until CS2. Let's choose another preset. We're going to choose Move and Scale > Move Right and Grow. Next, we have an event. An event is a trigger to cause the animation. Right now, it's set to On Page Load. That means when this page loads we'll see the animation. We could choose On Page Click if we wanted to see this animation when the user clicked on the page. We'll leave it On Page Load for now.

Next, we have Duration. Duration is how long the animation takes. If I increase the Duration, it will slow down my animation. I'm going to increase the duration to 2 seconds. You can think of this Play as repeat. Do I want to this animation to repeat or play at number of times? Right now, it set at 1, which means the animation will occur once and then stop. If I want it to play multiple times, I could increase the number. If I choose Loop, it will play endlessly. Under Speed, I can add easing. Easing will slow down the animation at the beginning or end of the animation. We'll leave it at From Preset.

Underneath Properties, I have Animate. Inside Animate, there is three different options: From Current Appearance, To Current Appearance, and To Current Location. Now, these threes may seem confusing. Well, let's take a look at each of them. When I From Current Appearance, let's look at our object. There is a green motion path, which is displaying the direction that this object is going to move. Right now, my motion preset says move right and grow. Because animate is set from current appearance, it's going to start at this state, and it's going to end larger and to the right. Let's preview the animation. You can see the object started small, moved to the right, and ended large, just like we said.

Let's try some of the other options. Instead of From Current Appearance, let's choose To Current Appearance. When you choose To Current Appearance it was hard to tell, but you'll see the arrow on the motion path spun around. That means it reversed the animation. When I preview this, you'll see that it started large and to the right and shrank and moved to the left. You can think of To Current Appearance as the opposite of From Current Appearance. To Current Location moves the motion path. If I look at From Current Appearance, you can see how the motion path started at the center of the object, and it moves to the right.

If I change it to To Current Location that same motion path was moved to the right. Let's preview the animation. The animation started from the left and move to the right and grew large. Out of the three animation properties, From Current Appearance is the one you'll probably be using the most. If you ever get confused by what each of these mean, you can always choose one and preview it with the Preview panel. Next, we have Rotation. Rotation will spin the object during the duration of the animation. We can choose where it rotates from from our reference point here. Scaling can change the size of your object you can make it larger or smaller.

Because our preset has a Grow involved, this number is large. If you don't want the scaling to be proportional, you can uncheck this link. Opacity allows you to fade the animation in or fade the animation out. And finally, Visibility: we can hide the animation before or after the animation. Learning the basics of the animation panel is a great first step into the world of interactivity. Take some time to experiment with this panel, and before you know it, you'll be creating your own presentations.

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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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