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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.
If you have explored the various transitions inside InDesign, you might have noticed that there is a SWF only transition called Page Turn. There is also a feature with a similar name called Interactive Page Curl. While these two features sound similar, there are some differences that you need to understand. Inside our layout, I have a page transition applied to all of our pages. Let's open our Page Transition panel. You can see there is a transition called Page Turn (SWF Only). Let's export this to SWF and take a look. I am going to File > Export. On my Desktop, I am going to choose Flash Player. Click Save.
I am going to make sure I choose all of the pages, generate an HTML file, view it after exporting, we'll scale it to 75%, we'll include the paper color, and we are going to set the Page Transitions, From Document. We don't need to use the Interactive Page Curl right now, and we will click OK. Inside your browser, we can use our page navigation buttons to go to the next page. As you go to the next page, the transition will create an effect like a page turning. If I go back, it turns the other direction. This is a good transition to use if you want your document to have the appearance of a book.
Let's take a look at the Interactive Page Curl. I am going to close this and go back into InDesign. I am going to export again: File > Export. I am going to replace the file and choose Save. I am going to leave all the settings the same, except for this time I don't want to include any transitions, but I am going to turn on Interactive Page Curl and click OK. Inside the web browser, in the lower right-hand corner, when you mouse over, you are going to see the page will start to peel up. I can click and drag to turn the page.
From either side, I am able to turn back and forth. If you click and drag, you can almost rip the piece of paper off. Be careful using the Interactive Page Curl and the Page Turn at the same time because it might be hard to reach the navigation buttons if you have Interactive Page Curl on top of them. While the Page Curl and Turn effects are fun, be sure that they don't interfere with the content and navigation of your presentation.
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