Join Bob Levine for an in-depth discussion in this video Multistate objects and the Object States panel, part of InDesign: Multistate Objects.
- A multistate object or MSO for short, is a single InDesign object that has multiple appearances. The object states panel is where you'll be creating and managing your multistate objects. It's already a part of my workspace, but if it's not a part of yours it can be found under the Windows interactive menu. Before we dive into the course, let's take a quick tour. Now as I said it's already a part of my workspace so I'll just open this up. And I'm going to drag it out so that I can get a better look at it.
And I've got a multistate object in the background selected here in my preview file. And if I click on the choices, I can select those various states that are a part of the MSO. Now I'm not going to go into all of the details on this panel yet because we'll be doing that as we go through the course. But there is just one choice I want to show you about just because it's a visual choice and you may want to make these thumbnails just a little bit bigger than they are.
So I'm going to select this large one here just to give you an idea of what you can do here. And we'll say OK, and you can see I can drag this panel down just a little bit by grabbing the bottom. And you can see I've got some very large thumbnails here. I'm going to go ahead and set it back because I like the smaller thumbnails myself. So we'll just say OK to that. And now that we've taken a look around the object states panel, let's get to work creating and working with multistate objects in InDesign.
- 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