In this movie, Mike shows how to use the settings in InDesign’s new document dialog box to create an interactive document correctly from the start. He shows how to use the digital publishing intent and the primary text frame settings, as well as how to save these settings in a custom new document preset.
- [Instructor] Any time you create a new document, you can tell InDesign what your intended output is, print, web, or mobile devices. And, by doing so, you'll save a lot of time and work later on. So, let's take a look at document intent and how it applies to interactive documents. If you see the Start workspace like I do here, switch to our custom workspace, Interactive Documents. Make sure the Swatches panel is visible, and then press command or ctrl N to open the New Document dialog box.
In the dialog box near the top is a menu for Intent and it has three choices: Print, Web, and Mobile. Choosing the right intent for your document in this menu is important because it sets up several things that aren't all that easy to change later on. Make sure the Preview checkbox is turned on so you can see a new document being created. And if I create a document with the Print intent and don't make any other changes in this dialog box, I'll get a document with Facing Pages, it'll be Letter-sized, and it'll be in portrait orientation.
The units will be in picas, and notice in the Swatches panel that we'll have CMYK swatches. What you don't see here is that the document will also be set to use the CMYK Transparency blend space and the basic preflight profile. I'll go ahead and create the new print document by clicking OK. And now if I press command or ctrl N again and switch to Web intent, the document size changes to 800 x 600 and it's in landscape orientation now.
Facing Pages is turned off and units are in pixels. Swatches, now, are in RGB, and the Transparency blend space will also be in RGB. I'll click OK to create a new web document. And, again, press command or ctrl N. And this time, choose Mobile intent. Notice that Primary Text Frame is selected now. The page size is set to iPad 1024 x 768 and it's in landscape orientation.
Units are in pixels, swatches and blend space will be in RGB, and documents started with the Mobile intent will be set to use the Digital Publishing preflight profile, although that profile doesn't really check for very much, just things like missing links, missing fonts, overset text, and a few other things. Creating a document with Mobile intent also does something slightly annoying in the InDesign user interface. It switches the Pages panel to display pages by Alternate Layout. Now, I find this obnoxious because the preference board displaying pages is global.
It applies to all documents. You can have the panel set to display pages horizontally, but as soon as you create a mobile document, you'll be viewing all your other document pages by layout, too. And if I go ahead and click OK to create a new mobile document and check in the Pages panel, I can see that pages are displayed by layout. And if I go to my other documents, it's the same way there, too. The way to fix this is to either go to the Pages panel menu or just right-click on the Pages panel, and choose View pages, and then either Horizontally or Vertically.
So, you can see how it's important to pay attention to the document intent and how much it can impact your new documents. That way, you can be sure that you're starting things off correctly and you'll have fewer things to fix or change later on.
- Overview of interactive document types, including PDF and EPUB
- Creating interactive objects
- Setting up hyperlinks, cross-references, and a table of contents
- Working with media
- Publishing documents with Publish Online
- Creating EPUBs
- Following workflows for interactivity: interactive PDF, reflowable EPUB, and fixed-layout EPUB