Join Bob Levine for an in-depth discussion in this video Customizing your workspace in InDesign, part of InDesign: Multistate Objects.
- I'm in InDesign and one of the things you may have noticed right away is that I've chosen the lite user interface. You can choose that yourself also by going to the Preferences panel under InDesign on the Mac and choosing the interface. Or on Windows you can choose Edit Preferences and go to the interface pane there and change your interface. The next thing that I want to change that I haven't done already is my worksapce. I've got the default Essentials workspace showing here and there's really not a whole lot of panels that are showing here.
So I want to come up to Essentials and I'm just gonna come down and choose Digital Publishing. And that's gonna give me a whole lot more of the panels that we're gonna be using in this course. Now because InDesign is capable of outputting so many formats, such as PDF, EPUB, and Print, you'll find there are times that there will be panel or many choices that are incompatible with what you're targeting. One of the examples of that would be in the Buttons and Forms panel, where actions like Show Hide button are only compatible with PDF.
Let's take a quick look at how you can minimize some of the confusion. I'm just gonna create a file very quickly here, and it doesn't really matter what the choices are, but I do need a file open to do just show you what's going on. And I'm just gonna draw in a rectangle here. And I'm gonna pull the Buttons and Forms panel out so that you can see it. Let's just convert that object, let me get this out of the way so you can see it change. I'm gonna click on the Convert To button on the bottom of the panel here.
And now I've got a button, you can see the little icon here, one of the things that we can do here is just add all kinds of actions to that button, and we'll get into that during the course, but I just want to give you an idea of all the choices that are here. And you can see here are SWF and EPUB only, and some are PDF only, and some work with just about everything. For the purpose of this course, we're only going to be using actions that are compatible with DPS and EPUB.
Some of them may fall over to SWF but we're not going to be getting into SWF output or PDF for this course. So what I want to be able to do is highlight some of the ones I'm gonna be using more and kind of hide some of the ones that I'm not gonna use at all. And for the purpose of doing that, I can come up to the Edit menu and I can choose Menus, and I'm going to come over here where it says Categories and I'm going to change Context and Panel menus.
And I want to come over here to my Buttons Actions menu, and here's where you can see that all of the choices for that Button panel are available to me. Now I can actually turn some of these off. Let's take a look at Show Hide Buttons, for instance, that we're not gonna be using at any point in this course. I can actually turn that off, and some of the one's we're gonna be using a lot are these Go to State buttons and go Previous State, Next State, or go to a Specific State.
And what I can do for those is I can highlight these by clicking where it says None under the Color column. I can come to this previous state here and we can change that to Red. And I'm gonna change the ones I'm using a lot to Red. I'll say Okay. And now when I come to the Buttons and Forms panel and click on Actions, I've got these highlighted, I've gotten rid of the Show Hide button action so I can't even click that by accident.
This can be a big help, I have always found it to be helpful, and I've always got my workspaces set up this way. Now I'm gonna go back up to my workspace here under Digital Publishing, and I'm going to create a new workspace. And I want to make sure that I have clicked Menu Customization here, so that my workspace will be saved with the menu and panel choices that I've made. So let's just change this to bob's mso workspace, save it by saying Okay.
And that's gonna be available to me going through. As you can see, InDesign's customizable menus and panels can make finding the feature you're looking for easier, and can help eliminate confusion.
- Working with the Object States panel
- Creating content for basic multistate objects (MSOs)
- Using layers and pages to create MSOs
- Adding and removing states
- Adding content
- Adding objects as states
- Controlling MSOs with buttons
- Using MSOs for interactive content
- Nesting MSOs