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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 this version of my presentation, I've created an alternate title slide. I want to click on each icon to go to that page. In order to do this, I'm going to create buttons for every thumbnail. Let's begin by selecting the first slide. With this selected, let's go to our Button panel. I'm going to create a Normal and Rollover state. On the Normal state, I'm going to change the opacity to 40%. Next I'm going to name it p2, because when I click on this, I want to go to the second page. Now, I want to add an action to go to the second page.
By clicking on Actions, and I choose Go To Page, you'll see it's under SWF only, but I want it to be PDF and SWF. So instead of choosing Go To Page, I'm going to choose Go To Destination. When you choose Go To Destination, I have a few destinations available, and one of them is Explore California. The reason I have some destinations available is because I made bookmarks earlier. Now if I have already created bookmark inside my document, I would have access to every single page. But if you haven't done that, don't worry. I'm just going to make one for this first page.
Next, I'm going to repeat the process for the next two. I'll go to Normal, Rollover, add a Normal state, 40% opacity. Let's name it p3 to go to third page, Go To Destination, Desert to Sea. This slide, same thing. We'll go to Normal, 40% opacity, we'll give it a name--p4--and the Action, Go To Destination, Desert to Sea: Tour Info.
But I don't have any more destinations for these buttons. Now, if you don't have any, don't worry. There's another way to do this without creating bookmarks. Let's close this panel and deselect. I'm going to go to page 5. Instead of making a bookmark, I'm going to put my cursor in front of the t, in "taste of". Inside my Hyperlink panel, I'm going to go into the Hyperlink Panel menu and choose New Hyperlink Destination. I'm going to choose Text Anchor, and I'm going to type out what I want that anchor to be.
Creating a text anchor is very similar to creating a bookmark. Now, I want to go back to page 1. I'm going to create a button for this page. Let's add 40% opacity. We'll name it p5, and we'll add the action, Go To Destination, and Taste of California is there for us to choose.
Now that I have this finished, let's make a PDF and test. Let's put this on our Desktop, Adobe PDF interactive, View After Exporting. We'll click OK. Now each of these thumbnails has a nice rollover effect, and when I click on them, we go to that page. If you've already created bookmarks, adding buttons to go to specific page is pretty simple. However, if you don't have any bookmarks, creating text anchors is a nice work around.
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