Refining Animation in InDesign

Technical hitch #1: Animations the wrong size and position

Animation of school bell imported to InDesign as OAM. All looks good but when you click on the animation on the ipad the poster image gives way to the animation and it reveals that the animation is in a different position. The final result ends with the animation fading out and the bottom segment of the original poster image remaining.  Hmmmm…. Poster size is not the same as animation size (resized original image in preparation for animation). Have fixed poster size so it’s the same size as the animation. I unticked ‘scale content to fit’ option in folio overlay panel which has done the trick.

Technical hitch #2: Images doubling up (poster image and animation)

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The issue remaining here is that the poster image stays behind the animation, resulting in a darkening of the bell (because it is a little transparent so the two images add together) and you can see the image behind as the bell shakes. I need to look into whether it’s worth getting rid of a poster image altogether. http://forums.adobe.com/message/5234893 One user says to open the poster image again in Photoshop and delete all content from the PNG (leaving you with just a blank PNG file). Presumably this will fix the doubling up problem. Will it mean the picture of the bell isn’t on the page to start with though?? Yes. That’s exactly what has just happened. No longer any doubling up but you have to click the blank spot to bring up the image. I’d prefer to have the image there to start with (partly just for the balance of the page).

Technical Hitch #3: Problems with transparency

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More issues: transparent backgrounds are still appearing on the .oam files (not on the poster files) as white backgrounds. I read in the forum below that this is a bug and importing the html file of the animation will fix the transparency and make it easier overall. http://forums.adobe.com/message/4946853 Trial 1 was a fail – no transparency (except in poster file). (File resized incorrectly again also) Create new dedicated layer for each animation. Use folio builder and upload article. Make sure you select png for animations especially with transparent background. http://creativedroplets.com/edge-animations-and-dps/ Manually took the RGBA channels on the stage in Edge Animate down to zero (the slider took the A down, but to cover myself I set RGB to zero). After following these instructions a grey background appears instead of a white one. I opened the poster image in Photoshop and used the magic wand to delete the grey background. After this I saved it as a PNG 24 with transparency and relinked the poster image to the animation in Edge Animate. I then relinked the animation in InDesign and updated the preview. Things are looking good – no grey square and no white square this time! Animation is not working properly but will address this in a moment. To test the transparency issue I’ll fix the bell too and that will settle it! Confirmed: Success with the transparency issue.

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Technical hitch #4: Finding out how to create horizontal page swipe

Using the article panel – create a separate article for each page. Drag and drop the articles to the Folio Builder panel. This gives you the option of selecting “horizontal swipe only” and previewing it on the desktop only. However, it will not swipe horizontally. This may happen later – when uploading the app?? Haven’t got time to finetune this tonight – will have to put this on the ‘further investigation’ list!  

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“DPS Getting Started Guide” – Adobe

A few notes to summarise the interactive capabilities of the Digital Publishing Suite.

ipad specs

Single vs Multi folio apps

Single folio apps

–         download single App and don’t need to download new issues

–          can only be created for ipads (not iphones, android etc.)

–          to update, must submit update to App Store and wait for approval

–          User must go to App store to run an update for your app

–          These apps are stored on Apple’s server, no fee for download

–          Don’t support social sharing

Multi Folio apps e.g. magazine – single app with multiple issues

–          supports free or retail subscriptions

–          need professional version of DPS

–          support social sharing

–          stored on Google, Amazon or Apple servers and when a user downloads content   for this app, a download fee is charged to the owner of the DPS account

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DPS setup

Different methods apply for the account setup of DPS according to whether it is a large company creating many apps, a small company specialising in a single apple or an individual.

Adobe recommends for single app creation having the master account holder create a delegate account with the following roles: Administrator, Application and DPS App Builder

workflow

What is…

A folio: the content for the app is referred to as a ‘folio’.

An article: An article is a section of content which helps users find their way through the app. This might be articles in a  digital magazine, sections in a report, categories etc. A separate InDesign file is required for each article. In my case this would mean each different page is a different article.

InDesign has the ability to create an automatic table of contents according to your articles (although this will not apply in my case).

You can specify the viewing arrangments of different articles (whether displayed vertically or horizontally).

folios articles

Smooth scrolling of pages:

smooth scrolling

Screens can be completed which allows screens longer than the others.

File setup – standards for typography are different than for print. (e.g. 10-12 point text is normal for print, but 18-20 point text is common for tablets).

DPS will take care of downsampling so can use high res images (PSD and AI files are fine).

Interactive elements (image sequences, pan and zoom, panoramas) should be saved as JPEG or PNG.

Video and audio should be saved in the resolution you which it to be used.

Prepping your file for alternate layout:

multiple layouts

Bring up Folio Builder Panel and Folio Overlays panel

Can elect offline or online folio (online just allows collaboration as it gets update on the Folio Producer Service, allowing multiple people to view and add to work in progress)

An offline folio can be converted to online, but not vice versa.

To create an online folio:

online folio

Under Folio Builder go “add article”. Add InDesign article.

Repeat process for each Article that needs to be created.

To preview on tablet, download latest version of Adobe Content Viewer for tablet from App store.

To view on tablet, plug in with USB, launch Adobe Content Viewer and In Indesign on Folio Overlays panel go “Preview on…ipad”.

When changes need to be made, select article and in Folio Builder select “update”.

[A great resource for learning how to add interactivity and media to Digital Publishing Suite projects is the Digital Publishing Suite Tips app.]

workspace

Types of interactivity

Multi-state objects (slideshows)

multi state

Combining buttons with multi-state objects

buttons

Buttons

hyperlinks

Hyperlinks

panorams

Panoramas

Pan & Zoom

scrollable frames

Scrollable Frames

tabs

I trialled one scrollable frame tutorial but it didn’t work properly – this one was successful!

https://gra617.expressions.syr.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Scrolling-Frame-Trick–-Trays-–-InDesign-CS6.pdf

My experiment:

my tabs

 

Images sequences (swipe slideshows, 360 degree rotates, and flipbook style animations)

3D flyaround

 

Audio and Video

web content

Web Content and content from Edge Animate

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Adobe Edge Animate Technical Notes Cont.

Question for investigation

How to make multiple pages for book? how to transition? Do they all need to be separate files until put into DPS App Builder?

Adobe Edge Animate tutorial from http://www.lynda.com “Adobe Edge Animate Essential Training” (continued from previous notes)

Free transform in Edge Animate

Rotating an object

Transform tool – select axis for rotation. Select auto keyframe and auto transition. Move toggle to next section and select degrees for rotation. Can click and drag entire animation to alter total time length.

aha! Edge Animate vs Flash

Have just read on an InDesign blog that because iOS does not work with Flash and InDesign works only with .swf files, if creating an ebook in InDesign using .swf files, the animation will drop out and not work when trying to bring into the DPS App Builder for Apple.

It would appear that Edge Animate is Adobe’s answer to Apple’s issues with Flash. Interesting! At least this defines my future direction – if I’m designing for ipads, Edge Animate it is! (Glad i found this out now!!!)

Information sourced from:

http://indesignsecrets.com/indesign-animations-dont-export-to-dps-for-tablet-apps.php