Join Anne-Marie Concepción for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigating with Power Zoom, Speed Scroll, and gestures, part of InDesign CS4 New Features.
There are a few new ways to navigate through an InDesign layout in CS4 and to show this to you, we are still in Bliss Magazine and I have scrolled down to the second to last page. First thing I want to show you is what is called power zoom. Now you remember in another video I mentioned that the Navigator panel is gone. Well, this is where the Navigator sort of lives on. Power zoom works with the Hand tool. Normally, the Hand tool is used to drag the page around in the screen, to pan the view within the window. But if you press and hold for a minute with the Hand tool, what's often called Patient User Mode, you press and hold for a second, something different will happen. You get into power zoom mode and this red square is right from the Navigator panel.
I'm still holding the mouse button down and I'm dragging with the Hand tool. When I release the mouse button, whatever is inside that red square, will zoom to fill the window. And that's not very useful, except that you can change the size of that red square. You can change it if you have very good manual dexterity. While you are pressing the mouse button down, you could use another finger to scroll the scroll wheel on the mouse or you can use the up and down arrows keys on your keyboard, which I think is a little easier.
So let's say that I want to zoom in on some of this small sidebar text, down here. I could just drag it over here and use my down arrow key to -- it's a little too much, to surround that area and then release the mouse button. And so now I can go ahead and edit this text then if I want to zoom back out, I press and hold for a minute and I can drag that same square to another location even on another page. So I'm just pressing, dragging, releasing, pressing, dragging and I can use the up arrow key to increase this little bit and so now that's power zoom. And again it requires the Hand tool, does work with the keyboard shortcut for the Hand tool, if you are on a different tool. But then it's complicated then you pressing all sorts of keys down on the keyboard. So I think this might be more useful if you directly select the Hand tool or switch to it with the keyboard shortcut.
Tied into the power zoom is what's called speed scroll. So let's say that we are down here at this page and I'm going to go ahead and make it small again. All right and press and hold -- when you are working in a long document, if you want to see the same area on many different pages, you can move the cursor to the top or bottom of the window and it will quickly scroll. Now normally, you can have Auto Scroll with the Hand tool. You can only start dragging an actual object for Auto Scroll to work but Auto Scroll now works with the power zoom tools. I move up to the top of the window and the longer I stay there, the faster it scrolls. So if I was working in a really long document, I could quickly jump from page 5 to page 93 and then zoom in on whatever I wanted to look at on page 93.
And so that's power zoom and then you move your mouse to the top or the bottom of the window and hold down there for a second, and start to scroll quickly, that's called speed scroll. And when I press Command+0 or Ctrl+0 on the PC to fit in window and the feature that was added to InDesign CS4 late in the game was support for gestures. Gestures are available on the newest Mac laptops, the ones that come with multi-touch trackpads like the Air and the latest MacBook Pros.
Gestures are a series of movement that you can make with your fingers on the trackpad to navigate in Apple programs like iPhoto. But InDesign picked up those gestures for CS4 as well. So if you are lucky enough to have one of those latest laptops, you can use pinching. You have seen in the iPhone commercials where they pinch on the screen to zoom in or they spread their fingers apart to zoom out, to make the screen bigger. You can do the same thing in InDesign. It also supports swiping the trackpads. When you swipe across the trackpad, you can turn pages or move from spread to spread and if you use the rotate gesture by rotating two fingers around on the trackpad, you can rotate the selection or even if nothing is selected, the entire page, which is the new feature I will be talking about in a different video.
All right, so there is a few new ways to navigate through an InDesign document with power zoom, speed scroll and gestures. I think that once you start working with the new version, you will agree with me that between the Application Bar and its widgets, the tabbed windows, the new workspaces and these additional navigation aids, Adobe has really smooth out some of the rough edges in InDesign. Now let's dig into some of the coolest new features in CS4 starting with the smart stuff in the next chapter.
- Using the new workspaces, panels, and navigation options
- Working with Smart Guides, the cursor, and text reflow
- Placing images with Auto-Fit and the contact sheet cascade
- Formatting text with dynamic GREP helpers
- Refining layouts with live preflight
- Finding support in Community Help
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: Is there a way to create an interactive table of contents in InDesign CS4 that would retain the hyperlinks after the file is exported, so that users could click in the table of contents and be taken to the corresponding chapter?
A: There are two methods to create a table of contents with interactive links in InDesign.
Method 1: Export a PDF and prompt InDesign to copy the table of contents into the PDF's Bookmarks panel. To have InDesign export the TOC as bookmarks, open the TOC dialog box and be sure to turn on the Create PDF bookmarks option before the TOC is placed in the document. When exporting to PDF, turn on "Hyperlinks and Bookmarks" in the PDF export options. The PDF can be set to open with the Bookmarks panel displaying by default so users know the TOC links exist there. Go this in Acrobat's File menu > Properties > Initial View.