Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Presenting a PDF, part of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
InDesign has had the ability to export PDFs from its very first version. When most people think of PDFs they think of print, but they are also wonderful for presentations. If you are going to be giving a presentation from a PDF, you have to be sure that you are using the free Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro. To download a free copy of the Adobe Reader, you can visit Adobe's web site. When you are giving a presentation inside Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro, you should begin by going to the View menu and going to full screen. You can also hit the keyboard shortcut Command+L on the Mac or Ctrl+L on the PC. To navigate inside the PDF, we can use the navigation buttons that we created inside InDesign.
We can also click our mouse anywhere on the page to go forward and right-click to go backward. The Arrow keys on the keyboard will let us go forward with the Right Arrow key or down arrow. We can press the Up Arrow key or Left Arrow key to go backward. The End button brings us to the end of our presentation. The Home button brings us to the beginning of a presentation. When you finish with the presentation, you can hit Escape to leave. Not all PDF programs will honor the effects and buttons inside a presentation. Remember that you need to use Acrobat Pro or Adobe Reader for your presentation to ensure that your effects will work.
- Studying new trends in digital design
- Creating a PDF and SWF presentation
- Building different navigation systems
- Creating interactive slideshows
- Animating a presentation as a SWF in InDesign
- Designing an interactive microsite
- Adding video and audio to a document
- Building an interactive TOC with buttons
- Using InDesign and Flash to build an interactive catalog
- InDesign to Flash production tips
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: I am having trouble creating a YouTube-linked video to play on a page in SWF or interactive PDF. I've followed the tutorial, but I keep getting a message that the video should be Flash compliant. How do I link directly to a YouTube video?
A: It is not possible to link directly to a YouTube video through copy and pasting the URL on the page. In order to link to the video, you need the exact link to the .flv video file.
Are the source files for the interactive publication Born Presents still available? www.adobe.com/products/indesign/customers doesn't seem to be working.
Unfortunately, the content is no longer available on Adobe's site. However, the files are currently available at http://download.macromedia.com/pub/indesign/born_bookpreview_source.zip.
The author also posted an article related to the project at http://indesignsecrets.com/born-presents-interactive-publication-with-source-files.php.
Q: When I add audio to my multi-page project and export it as a PDF, why doesn't the music play past the first page?
A: Unfortunately, there is no way to have an MP3 play across multiple pages of a PDF. It looks like you could because of the wording of the Media panel when you have an MP3 selected, but that isn't the case. You can have an MP3 play across pages of a SWF, which is why that option exists.
This is an inconvenience, but we're not aware of a way around this limitation inside a PDF. You could try making one really big PDF and have buttons jump to another part of the page (using anchors), but every one would have to be on 1 page.
Q: Why does an ugly gray box appear when the audio is played. The author keeps the audio on the pasteboard, which for me, does not play the audio at all when exported. It only plays when on the page.
A: If you are seeing a gray box, make sure that you have set a poster for the audio file. Select the frame and open the Media panel, where you can select your own raster image as a poster frame or just leave it as none. You could also check to see if your frame has a fill applied to it, since there is a chance you could have accidentally applied an
object style or a fill.
1. Trends in Digital Design
2. Setting Up InDesign for Designing Digital Documents
3. Presentation File Format Options and Tips
4. Creating a Simple PDF or SWF Slide Presentation
5. Adding Advanced PDF Presentation Options
6. Building the Presentation as a Complex SWF File
7. Creating an Interactive Microsite
8. Creating an interactive Mood Board
9. Creating an Interactive Catalog
10. Converting from InDesign to Flash Professional
11. Production Tips for Going from InDesign to Flash
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