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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.
In an earlier video, we learned how to create a linear slideshow that took place from one slide to the next. But what if you want to control what slide you want to see? Using a different action in our buttons, we can specify exactly which state we want to show. In order to create our slideshow, we have to create a multi-state object. I am going to select all of these images and come over to the Align panel and align them at the top. Now that they are all aligned one on top of each other, I am going to come to my Object States panel, and I am going to hit the New Object State button, which creates a new multi-state object of each of our images.
I am going to name this slideshow and then name each of these states. This is going to be none. This will be goldengates and then we've got snowboarding and then we've got our biking, our friend the seal, and the birds. Now that we've made our multi-state object, we can use the buttons to go to a particular state.
So I am going to select the Golden Gate Bridge button, open the Buttons panel, and adding an action, you can see we have a SWF Only action, which is Go To State. When I choose this, I can choose specifically which state of the slideshow that I want to go to. I want to go to the Golden Gate state. Now, we can repeat this process for the other ones. So I am going to grab Snowboarding, and we are going to go to States, and we'll say Snowboarding, and go to Biking, and for Biking, we'll go to Biking, Seals, visit our buddy, the Seal.
There he is and finally, the Birds. Go to State and Birds. Let's preview this. Now, when I click on each of these, you'll see the slideshow pops-up. But what if I don't want to see the slides anymore? Well, I have developed a little Close button, but the Close button isn't working right now. We need to add one more state for this. So if I select the Close button, I can add the action, Go To State, and this will be our None state.
So when you click this, it will effectively close the button. I am going to preview this. Each of these will work. Then I can close the slideshow. Now that we have created this interactive slideshow, what happens if we want to export this to a PDF? If we were to export this to a SWF, it'd be fine because these actions are SWF Only, but by exporting our layout to a PDF, we wouldn't get this interaction, but there is a workaround. I am going to hide this panel and what we can do is looking at this layout, right now it's on a layer called Editable Slideshow.
What I am going to do is I am going to go to the SWF Slideshow layer and I am going to draw out a couple of guides to line up at the edge of this item. There we go. I am going to select all of these buttons and multi-state objects on the Editable Slideshow layer. Then I am going to go to Export. Then I am going to export as a SWF file. In Export, I am going to leave it at Selection and click OK. Now that I've exported the SWF, I am going to hide this layer. I am going to go to the SWF Slideshow layer and I am going to go back and place that SWF that we just exported.
I am going to go where the guides intersect that we created. I am going to place the SWF right back in. After placing the SWF, we are going to come over to the Media panel and I am going to change the Poster to the Current Frame. Then I am going to turn on Play on Page Load, which means this SWF will play immediately when this page loads. Now that we've created this, we can export this to an interactive PDF. We're going to go to File > Export, and choose Adobe PDF (Interactive) and hit Save. I'll leave all the controls here the same.
Now that this is exported, the SWF is actually working, even though I am inside of PDF. By exporting your SWF and placing it back in, I'm able to include an interactive SWF inside my Interactive PDF. Using this method allows you to create interesting and dynamic layouts using buttons and multi-state objects. Keep in mind that if you need to make any changes, you're going to have to go back to your Editable Slideshow layer and re-export a SWF file before you can re-export a new PDF.
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