Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls, part of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
If you have explored the various transitions inside InDesign, you might have noticed that there is a SWF only transition called Page Turn. There is also a feature with a similar name called Interactive Page Curl. While these two features sound similar, there are some differences that you need to understand. Inside our layout, I have a page transition applied to all of our pages. Let's open our Page Transition panel. You can see there is a transition called Page Turn (SWF Only). Let's export this to SWF and take a look. I am going to File > Export. On my Desktop, I am going to choose Flash Player. Click Save.
I am going to make sure I choose all of the pages, generate an HTML file, view it after exporting, we'll scale it to 75%, we'll include the paper color, and we are going to set the Page Transitions, From Document. We don't need to use the Interactive Page Curl right now, and we will click OK. Inside your browser, we can use our page navigation buttons to go to the next page. As you go to the next page, the transition will create an effect like a page turning. If I go back, it turns the other direction. This is a good transition to use if you want your document to have the appearance of a book.
Let's take a look at the Interactive Page Curl. I am going to close this and go back into InDesign. I am going to export again: File > Export. I am going to replace the file and choose Save. I am going to leave all the settings the same, except for this time I don't want to include any transitions, but I am going to turn on Interactive Page Curl and click OK. Inside the web browser, in the lower right-hand corner, when you mouse over, you are going to see the page will start to peel up. I can click and drag to turn the page.
From either side, I am able to turn back and forth. If you click and drag, you can almost rip the piece of paper off. Be careful using the Interactive Page Curl and the Page Turn at the same time because it might be hard to reach the navigation buttons if you have Interactive Page Curl on top of them. While the Page Curl and Turn effects are fun, be sure that they don't interfere with the content and navigation of your presentation.
- 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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