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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.
Using animation inside InDesign is fun and page transitions are great, so it makes sense that you would want to use both of them in your presentation. Let's take a look at what happens when you combine both animation and page transitions. Here's the finished presentation, and we're going to go to File > Export. We're going to go to our Desktop and choose the Flash Player, and we're going to export all the pages, generate an HTML file, and we're going to scale it at 75%, so we can view it on our screen. We'll make sure we choose From Document for the page transitions, and we'll click OK. So far, our presentation looks good.
It animated the way that we expect. Let's go to the next page. Did you see that? There were some words there, and then they disappeared, and then they faded back in. Let's go to the next page. Once again, we saw some words, and they disappeared and then faded back again. This is happening because of the transition. In order for a transition to work, InDesign has to generate a static image of the page to apply the transition. Unfortunately, there's no other way to put this. We have to avoid transitions if you have objects animating on the page. Hopefully in a future version of InDesign this can be worked out.
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