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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.
Some people think of PDFs as exact replications of print, and that is sometimes true. However, by adding interactivity to your InDesign document we can make static pages come alive. Looking at this PDF in Adobe Reader, I have two navigation buttons on the right-hand side. I can jump to the last spread and the first spread. When I go to the next spread button I have a thumbnail preview to go to the next spread, and these buttons carry out throughout the entire PDF. The second spread has a video inline, or I can click to activate it. (Music playing) (Male speaker: Welcome to the--) (Music playing) And use the buttons at the bottom to jump the specific points inside the video.
At the bottom of the page there are a series of controls that let me zoom out and zoom in to the page as well as print and email this particular PDF. We also have a mini table of contents that let's me bring to a particular spread. As I go forward in the document, there is an interactive slideshow where I can click on each of these buttons to see a particular slide. So if I no longer want to see the slides, I can press the little Close button and it will close the slide. At the bottom of the page we have another URL and there are a few other URLs throughout the document.
When I click on this link it will launch my web browser and bring me to that web site. Adding interactivity to your catalog or any layout is a wonderful way to set your work apart from a crowded sea of competitors. Now let's get started on creating this catalog.
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