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Create Interactive docs in InDesign with José Ramos

A course on InDesign CS5 presented by José Ramos on

Creating Interactive Documents with InDesign CS5

Create Interactive Magazines, Websites, and More!

This workshop is aimed at print designers who want to create interactive documents using the powerful new features in Adobe InDesign CS5. Expert trainer José Ramos will walk you through the creation of a series of projects, from a basic interactive PDF to a complete interactive magazine. In the process you’ll master important InDesign features and tools without getting bogged down in technical details. You may be surprised to discover some of the amazing things you can do with InDesign CS5.

The folks at Video2Brain have posted some episodes for you to see.

Creating Hyperlinks

Adding Animations through motion presets

Adding Interactive buttons

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InDesign multi-state objects in interactive PDFs

InDesign has cool multi-state objects that let you create some really awesome effects. You can use these to create slideshows and other interactive content. As you might have noticed, multi-state objects work in SWF output only. So what do you do if you want to include a slideshow in an interactive PDF?

You can add multi-state objects to interactive PDFs. It is a  little cumbersome and clumsy, but works quite well.

A simple two-step process; so simple, that most of you might be doing this already!

  1. Create a multi-state object and export to SWF.
  2. Place the SWF in your main document.

See Create Multi-state objects in the InDesign help for information about multi-state objects.

For example, if you want to add a slideshow to an interactive PDF, do the following:

Create a multi-state slideshow

  1. Create your slideshow in a new document.
  2. Export to SWF. See this for more information on exporting to SWF.

It’ll help if you specify the dimensions as per the frame where you’re going to place it.

Bob Bringhurst, has written a nice overview about Multi-state objects here.

InDesign CS5 introduces a new kind of page item designed for creating slide shows in a SWF file. A multi-state object changes its content when a button is clicked in a SWF file. To create a multi-state object, place a bunch of images in your document and align them in a stack. Select them all, and then click the New button in the Object States panel to create a multi-state object. Then use the Buttons panel—which has been enhanced in InDesign CS5—to create navigate arrows that jump to the next or previous state in the multi-state object.


Place SWF in your main document

  1. Choose File > Place and place the SWF file.
  2. Specify Poster settings.

For more information see Add movies and sound files to documents.

Export to interactive PDF

  1. Choose File > Export.
  2. Specify a name and location for the file.
  3. For Save As Type (Windows) or Format (Mac OS), choose Adobe PDF (Interactive), and then click Save.
  4. Specify options in the Export To Interactive PDF dialog box, and then click OK.

For more information see Create interactive documents for PDF.

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Create rich interactive documents with InDesign CS5

The definition of a “document” has become less straightforward as more information destinations emerge.
Documents today can incorporate blended experiences that combine the look and feel of a traditional print
document with websites that include rich media. The means by which people access and consume that
information—in print, on desktops, and on mobile devices—also continue to change. Keeping pace with these
changes and trends, Adobe InDesign CS5 software offers a new feature set that allows rich interactive
document content to be created and directly published as a desktop/browser experience apart from, or in
addition to, a printed piece.
This white paper discusses the following:

  1. Why InDesign for interactive documents
  2. InDesign CS5 interactive features overview
  3. Project scenario:Interactive travel brochure
  4. Button-based document navigation
  5. Animation and timing
  6. Multistate objects
  7. Adding and controlling audio and video
  8. Establishing page transitions
  9. Previewing your interactive document
  10. Publishing to SWF and FLA

See the complete whitepaper on

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