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Building Flash projects

From: QuarkXPress 8 Essential Training

Video: Building Flash projects

The Interactive Layout Space is new to QuarkXPress 8, although it was available as an optional extension for QuarkXPress 7. With it, you can create Flash animations of remarkable complexity and interest. The main ways you might use it are to create banner ads or websites or to create presentations that you can show clients or display on kiosks. One of the reasons this is so valuable in QuarkXPress is that you can take an existing layout and add animations to the page items. You can also share content between your print layouts and your interactive layouts so that when they update in one place, they also update in the other.

Building Flash projects

The Interactive Layout Space is new to QuarkXPress 8, although it was available as an optional extension for QuarkXPress 7. With it, you can create Flash animations of remarkable complexity and interest. The main ways you might use it are to create banner ads or websites or to create presentations that you can show clients or display on kiosks. One of the reasons this is so valuable in QuarkXPress is that you can take an existing layout and add animations to the page items. You can also share content between your print layouts and your interactive layouts so that when they update in one place, they also update in the other.

To do that, all you need is to have the layout space open as it is here and then choose Layout > Duplicate, give it a name and then choose not Print but the Interactive layout type. The defaults are just fine for what we are about to do here, so I'll click OK and now we'll see that the ad layout here is being duplicated over here. Let's say on this layout that what we want to do is take this frog picture here and have it appear at the bottom at first and then move up into its current location.

All the interactive controls are in the Interactive palette available here under the Window menu. Adding interactivity to an item on a QuarkXPress page requires three steps. You name the item, you give it something to do and then you tell it when to do it. In this case, I'm going to create a path for the frog to follow and to do that I'll just use the Line tool in the QuarkXPress. I'll click down at the bottom and drag up to where I want the picture to end up. I give that line a name, we'll call it FrogDogPath and it's a Basic type. That's fine.

But under Options, we'll say we want it Initially Hidden. That way, it won't show up when we export this as Flash. Next, we'll select the FrogDog picture and give it a name, say FrogDog. But its type is going to be an Animation and the animation is going to be an item on a path. Notice how the Interactive palette is smart enough to expand and contract depending on what it is we've just done and in fact, it predicts the most common things that you're about to do because in most cases, you will probably want to do an item on a path.

So let's select the path now. FrogDogPath. Under Options we'll tell it we'd like it to Loop. I'll go ahead and enable this Click to Play/Pause Checkbox. I'll give it a speed, how long I want it to take to get from one place to the other, say 5 seconds. I don't needed to play a sound but it could. I'll go to the Start, Point and Direction, and say I would like you to start at the bottom and go to the top. Say OK. Now that we have defined our path and we have defined our item to move along the path, now we need to tell it when we want that to happen.

I'll click on the Events tab. For an Event, we'll choose Double-click. That way when someone double-clicks on it, it moves. Then we choose an Action. We want an Animation to play and we want the Animation to be FrogDog. Now, let's watch the animation in the actual Flash file. At the bottom of the Project window, you see this little icon here and it's a button to preview your SWF file or your Flash file. That fast, it created our Flash document. We see our little picture at the bottom, and when we click on them, he moves up into place.

Because we set them to loop, he keeps moving. With a click, he pauses. Now that's an extremely simple animation. Now, I have prepared a more robust interactive layout and it's here under this tab. This Interactive layout has five different pages. Let me zoom out, so you can see the whole thing. Here's our first page. Another page that will pop-up as things happen in the animation and a page to store our video.

If we go back to our first page, we can then look at the Interactive palette and see as we click on things, how they are set up. I encourage you to look through and see what all these different things are. But right now, let's just preview this and see what it looks like. I'll click the button again down here and here we have our Flash animation. (Woof! Dog barks.) The detail of the hat pops up when I click on it. I can close it here.

The Navigation bar at the bottom as rollovers and on the left side, if we click this, we have a place we can watch a video. I'll click on the Home button to get back to our original layout. Notice how it fades in beautifully and we are back where we started. Let's switch back to QuarkXPress and look at our layout again. One of the beautiful things about being able to use QuarkXPress to make these Flash files is that you can use all the tools that you already know how to use to control all your typography, create drop shadows, transparent objects and even include Asian typography, if you need to.

You can use master pages to store the items that are going to be on several of your other document pages and every other feature in QuarkXPress. To me, that's a beautiful way to make a Flash animation.

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  1. 5m 17s
    1. Welcome
      51s
    2. Using the exercise files
      54s
    3. What is QuarkXPress?
      3m 32s
  2. 39m 1s
    1. Getting started
      2m 26s
    2. Managing files in Quark
      9m 52s
    3. Exploring the QuarkXPress interface
      11m 22s
    4. Restoring, reverting, and undoing
      4m 9s
    5. Navigating your layout
      6m 45s
    6. Adding and moving pages
      4m 27s
  3. 51m 57s
    1. Understanding items and contents
      4m 54s
    2. Making boxes and lines
      6m 32s
    3. Putting text on a path
      8m 48s
    4. Moving and locking items
      1m 44s
    5. Resizing, reshaping, rotating, and flipping items
      2m 33s
    6. Duplicating items
      3m 25s
    7. Deleting items
      1m 49s
    8. Using the Bézier Pen tool
      4m 20s
    9. Converting text to boxes
      2m 4s
    10. Understanding relationships between items
      4m 53s
    11. Merging shapes
      2m 1s
    12. Setting item styles
      5m 13s
    13. Using Item Find/Change
      3m 41s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Reviewing the Layers palette
      8m 12s
    2. Utilizing guides and rulers
      4m 16s
    3. Understanding Guide Manager Pro
      5m 24s
    4. Using frames, dashes, and stripes
      4m 57s
    5. Setting libraries
      5m 18s
    6. Appending settings
      2m 48s
  5. 39m 57s
    1. Building a new layout
      3m 40s
    2. Creating projects and layouts
      4m 48s
    3. Working with Master Pages
      2m 44s
    4. Creating automatic text boxes
      3m 15s
    5. Working with Master Pages and Layout Pages
      5m 15s
    6. Making pages
      6m 1s
    7. Modifying your pages
      2m 5s
    8. Using automatic page insertion
      2m 44s
    9. Using automatic page numbering and "continued"
      4m 45s
    10. Working with sections and page numbering
      3m 29s
    11. Building with multipage spreads
      1m 11s
  6. 25m 5s
    1. Navigating through a layout
      1m 49s
    2. Selecting text
      4m 41s
    3. Deleting text
      1m 4s
    4. Changing text case
      59s
    5. Importing text
      4m 39s
    6. Exporting text
      2m 52s
    7. Showing invisible characters
      2m 6s
    8. Using the Glyph panel
      4m 27s
    9. Working with ligatures
      2m 28s
  7. 10m 50s
    1. Finding and changing
      6m 3s
    2. Using Spell Check
      4m 47s
  8. 35m 27s
    1. Understanding basic character formatting
      4m 15s
    2. Setting color, shade, and transparency
      2m 36s
    3. Using horizontal and vertical scaling
      3m 55s
    4. Setting kerning and tracking
      7m 38s
    5. Inserting typographic special effects
      7m 53s
    6. Adjusting font preferences and open-type fonts
      5m 32s
    7. Finding a missing font
      3m 38s
  9. 29m 29s
    1. Applying basic paragraph formatting
      3m 10s
    2. Applying leading to paragraphs
      5m 7s
    3. Establishing paragraph rules
      3m 4s
    4. Setting tabs
      6m 14s
    5. Setting hyphenation and justification
      3m 41s
    6. Understanding widow and orphan control
      3m 54s
    7. Working with hanging characters
      4m 19s
  10. 27m 53s
    1. Linking items together
      3m 58s
    2. Learning about style sheets
      1m 52s
    3. Creating style sheets
      3m 57s
    4. Editing style sheets
      4m 24s
    5. Applying styles
      3m 40s
    6. Deleting styles
      2m 7s
    7. Appending styles
      3m 17s
    8. Using grids
      4m 38s
  11. 22m 55s
    1. Building tables
      3m 19s
    2. Importing Excel tables
      3m 13s
    3. Working with tables
      5m 25s
    4. Formatting tables
      2m 50s
    5. Splitting tables with headers and footers
      3m 19s
    6. Adding graphics
      2m 41s
    7. Converting a table to text or a group
      2m 8s
  12. 14m 34s
    1. Building books
      5m 20s
    2. Creating lists
      5m 2s
    3. Building an index
      4m 12s
  13. 23m 18s
    1. Importing pictures
      4m 50s
    2. Working with pictures
      2m 48s
    3. Mastering picture management
      3m 50s
    4. Editing and exporting pictures
      2m 48s
    5. Looking into preview quality and greeking images
      5m 18s
    6. Exporting a page as EPS
      3m 44s
  14. 12m 25s
    1. Working with Photoshop documents
      4m 44s
    2. Understanding the Style menu
      3m 3s
    3. Building picture effects
      4m 38s
  15. 10m 54s
    1. Working with text runaround
      7m 32s
    2. Setting anchored boxes
      3m 22s
  16. 32m 4s
    1. What You See and What You Get
      2m 42s
    2. Describing color
      3m 28s
    3. Specifying color
      7m 13s
    4. Creating color blends
      5m 15s
    5. Setting opacity
      4m 55s
    6. Using color from outside sources
      1m 55s
    7. Understanding color management and proofing
      6m 36s
  17. 15m 8s
    1. Synchronizing items
      3m 11s
    2. Building composition zones
      4m 8s
    3. Working in shared layouts
      2m 25s
    4. Understanding job jackets
      5m 24s
  18. 15m 21s
    1. Collecting for output and exporting
      1m 14s
    2. Adjusting basic printer settings
      3m 39s
    3. Reviewing advanced printer settings
      8m 44s
    4. Establishing print styles
      1m 44s
  19. 16m 10s
    1. Creating and exporting a PDF
      4m 4s
    2. Creating PDF output styles
      1m 44s
    3. Building hyperlinks in interactive PDFs
      4m 23s
    4. Adding bookmarks for interactive PDFs
      5m 59s
  20. 20m 58s
    1. Building a web page
      4m 12s
    2. Inserting hyperlinks in a document
      3m 18s
    3. Creating a form for HTML
      2m 54s
    4. Exporting and importing as HTML
      5m 20s
    5. Building Flash projects
      5m 14s
  21. 6m 15s
    1. Working with XTensions
      3m 2s
    2. Scripting in QuarkXPress 8
      3m 13s
  22. 13s
    1. Goodbye
      13s

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