Day 33 – Lesson 8 (Interactive PDFs)

For Lesson 8 of InDesign CC: Interactive Document Fundamentals I learned about how to adapt my layouts so that they work for specific mobile devices like iPad or other tablets.

One of the ways is creating alternate layouts for my documents to allow the PDF to fit both a horizontal and vertical layout of a mobile device with the document below

lesson-8-creating-alt-layout

By going to the pages panel and double clicking on the Master page I can see how the layout is set up for my pages.

The image to the left shows me that the image is anchored to the top and left and right margins of the document, but are flexible (the squiggle markings on the dotted lines in the center) so that image will rescale according to the size of the tablet. The text frame on the right is not anchored, but is flexible like the image.

To create an alternate layout for horizontal viewing, I go to my pages panel, click on the dropdown triangle next to “iPad V” then click on “Create Alternate Layout”, then click on “OK” to create a horizontal spread for the document. This will also create separate paragraph, character and object styles so that I can easily edit each how I want without also changing things on the vertical layout.

lesson-8-creating-alt-layout4

Next, I learned about primary text frames, and how to change utilize them to change text frame layouts.

In the master page labeled “C-Courses” you can see the text frame in the left image and the icon in the right image with the arrow shows that it is a primary text frame. placing any text in them will no longer make it a primary text frame, but the text frame will appear on any page that is based off the “C-Courses” master page.

I wanted to make a few of the pages with text with four columns instead of three. To easily change this I could create a new master page by right-clicking and selecting “New Master…”

lesson-8-primary-text-frame3

Next I’ll name the Master page “4 Column” base it off of “C-Courses”, then click on OK.

lesson-8-primary-text-frame4

Next, by option/alt+double-clicking on the document I’ll bring up “Text Frame Options” and change number of columns to 4 instead of 3, and click on OK to create the new master page.

lesson-8-primary-text-frame5

To apply this to my document pages I simply click on the pages I want to change by shift (or command) clicking, then I hold option/alt and click on me new master page to apply it.

Advertisements

One thought on “Day 33 – Lesson 8 (Interactive PDFs)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s