Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting page transitions, part of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
When we view our presentation fullscreen in Acrobat, or any view size in Flash, the shift between each page can be pretty abrupt. To help soften the shift, we can create page transitions. We're going to begin by selecting page 1 and right-clicking our mouse and choosing Page Transitions > Choose. Inside this dialog, we are presented with a range of options. When we mouse over each icon, we'll see a graphic representation of what the transition would be. So we have Comb, Box, Blinds, Fade, and so on.
You will notice says Page Turn says SWF Only. This means that this transition will only work when the export to Flash. I'm going to choose Fade for the first page and click OK. Next, we'll go to page 2, and this time I'm going to open the Page Transitions panel. If you don't have this panel open, go to Window > Interactive > Page Transitions. Inside this panel, I'm going to choose Push, Down, and Medium. If I want to apply this to every single page, I could hit this icon.
Next, we'll go to page 3, and I want to apply Fade to all of the odd pages, so I'm going to hold down Command or Ctrl and select the remaining odd pages. With these page is selected, I'll go to the Transition panel and choose Fade. Next, I'll select the remaining even pages and choose Push.
Now that I have my transitions finished, let's preview our document. We're going to go to File > Export > Adobe PDF (Interactive). We'll place this on our Desktop and click Save. Inside this dialog, we want to make sure we say View After Exporting for all of the pages and Page Transitions we want to choose From Document. This way the PDF will pick up all the transitions that we set up. If we'd want to override them, we could say None or to a specific transition. We'll click OK, and our PDF will open.
Next, we'll go to View > Full Screen mode, and we can use our navigation system to navigate between the pages. As we go between each page, we'll be able to see the transition in action. Keep in mind that the transitions that you choose for a page will be the effect that happens when you navigate to that page. For example, if you choose Fade on the first page, you'll only see this when you navigate to that page.
- 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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