Join Diane Burns for an in-depth discussion in this video Built-in reference: The Animation Encyclopedia script, part of InDesign: Creating Animations.
- When you first start working with InDesign's animation features, it's such a different kind of feature. A different concept, really, from what most of us are probably used to working with in InDesign, that it can be a little hard to understand what kinds of things you can do. There are so many different options, it can be kind of hard to get your head around it. Fortunately, you have a great reference already installed in InDesign for you. It's a script called the animation encyclopedia, and it really is a kind of encylopedia, showing you simple examples of all the basic settings you can control with animations.
I'm gonna close this panel, and let's take a look. I'll click back to the first page of the file, and here are the individual objects that have been animated in various ways by the scripts. As I click on each object, I can see its settings here in the Animation panel. Let's preview this file and take a quick look. In order to preview any animation, you can simply click on this little preview icon in the animation panel. When you first open the panel, InDesign previews the current page.
We actually wanna preview this entire file, So I'm going to click on this icon in the lower right hand corner that sets the preview to document mode. So we can preview the entire document. When I click that, I need to reload the animation by clicking on this play button. Now, let's take a look. The first page, when I click, shows the various categories of animation you can apply. Motion Paths, Rotation, Scaling, etc. Most of these are set using default presets or other settings in the Animation panel.
Some of the animations in this file though are custom created with code, and you can't make them directly through the Animation panel. But for the most part, you can create most of these animation effects yourself. The second page shows us various start events for animations. Does the animation occur when the page loads, when you click on the page, when you click on the item, roll over the item, or click on a button. I'm not gonna go through everything in this encyclopedia, I just wanna give you a quick overview of what's in here.
Here's a page that shows us an example of different timing properties. How long does an animation play? What speed does it use? Does it loop? We're going to be covering all of these details throughout this course. Here's another page that shows us the difference in animating from current appearance, to current appearance, or to current location. This page shows us examples of timing. Grouping various objects together, or setting delays in the timing.
And finally, there's a completely custom page that was done entirely with code. You can't duplicate this easily yourself in the animation panel, but it shows you an example of what can be done if you wanna hack the code. After you've run the script, you may wanna save the document to have on hand to reference as you're learning about animations. It's so simply set up, it can really help you visualize some of the moving parts of setting up animations. It can be beneficial when you first start learning about, and experimenting with animations.
And the great thing is, by the end of this course, you'll have mastered all these effects and more.
- Setting up an animation workspace
- Working with the Animation panel
- Viewing and editing animation presets
- Working with rotation and scaling
- Creating motion paths
- Adjusting timing
- Animating type
- Animating infographics
- Adding buttons and sounds
- Building more complex animations
- Exporting animation
- Creating, saving, and sharing custom motion presets
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 03/23/2016. What changed?
A: We updated the video "Supported format overview" and added a new movie, 'Using animations with Publish Online."