FXLs can include some fun stuff. Learn how to add it in Adobe InDesign.
So this mother hen and her three chicks doesn't, so that's not animated. But this one is. Here's the one that flies in from the left. If I select it, you'll see a green non-printing path appear, and this is the path that the chick flies through. I did this by selecting the chick and then going to the animation panel. And look, there are a ton of interactive features here in InDesign. But here in the animation panel, see the three dots here. I applied an animation to it so that it flies on this custom path.
I could also, for example, just take a box and fill it with a color and then animate that thing by coming over here and applying a preset to it. Let's say fly in from left. And then drag out my own motion path for it to follow. So that's what was done with this chick is that it went all the way across. I don't want to get into the details of how this is done exactly because I have a whole chapter in my Creating Fixed-Layout EPUBs from InDesign in the library that goes into this in all the detail.
And I'll show you another course that will help you as well. But essentially, that's all I want you to understand is that you select an object in the program that you're using, find out where the interactive commands are in the different panels or bars or whatever interface they use, and apply it. So over here, these guys have a different one where they zoom in, it's called. And I just named "they got big" just to remind myself what is the object that's being animated. InDesign has a preview panel called EPUB interactivity preview panel.
There are a lot more sophisticated things you can do to a fixed-layout EPUB in InDesign than just make things fly in from the left or grow that make it look like you're a cartoon animator. And because these are regular EPUBs, just fixed-layout EPUBs, that means that people who purchase the book from the iBooks store, for example, can enjoy those animations and other interactive events that happen in your fixed-layout EPUBs.
- Finding, downloading, and reading free ebooks
- Choosing the right format for your ebook
- Building reflowable EPUBs and fixed-layout EPUBs
- Using tools like Word, Sigil, calibre, Jutoh, Pages, PubCoder, and InDesign
- Adding animation and interactivity such as clickable buttons
- Creating ebooks for the Kindle
- Learning the pros and cons of PDF ebooks
- Creating reflowable and multitouch ebooks with iBooks Author