Animation Timing


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Animation Timing

Okay. So, timings. This switches you from being lead animator, well done, congratulations, got promotion to director. This is where you're going to change how events occur. So we've got a few interactive elements on this page, all animated differently. In fact, we've got precisely four animated elements on this page, and I want to look at them. The Timings panel by default, typically, comes in underneath the Animation panel in the layout, because they're kind of related here. Okay, and what I'm going to do is just click on there, and if you don't see it, or you're struggling to find it, it looks like a little stopwatch in the icon, remember, go to the Window menu, come down to Interactive, and choose Timing from there, and it will reveal itself to you. And so, what we can see here, and again I'm going to zoom in to this, in to this panel, four different things being animated here, actually all being animated on page load as it happens, but as I click through things, all right, then I g...

et confirmation of that. If there was any difference to that, it would tell me in this Event section just here. So, the first thing that comes onto our layout is the InDesign cube. That comes in from the top left hand corner, okay, and then that's followed by the first polygon, then by the thing I renamed PolyTarget, and then my name comes in after that. You know what, I think it would be nicer if what happened if maybe the polygons came in, okay, and then the cube came in, and then with Tony Harmer came in. It says like, published online, in InDesign, with Tony Harmer, that sort of rhythmic sequence is what I'm thinking there. So I'm just gonna drag this down in the stack, and you can see, so you get a line indicating where this is going to go, like so, okay, so that's going to play in that sequence now. I'm not gonna test this for a minute. I'm gonna just finish these other things. And I'm gonna select these two items, so polygon and PolyTarget, and you might have noticed that this small icon down at the bottom became available. Play together. Now if you do this, when you click it, they become bracketed like so. That means they will run together, okay. If you select them again, because you want to separate them, then that icon becomes available just there. It says, play together, no play together. Really simple. I also want a slight pause for you to be able to take it in. So in terms of this being an interactive presentation, what I want you to see is I want you to see the shapes coming in, so your brain thinks, okay, something is happening. I need to pay attention to this. But they're not of any consequence though, shapes. They're really just a bit of gloss around the topic. So they're focusing your attention on the actual topic and then you need to start paying attention to detail. So I'm gonna give your mind a chance to kind of pay attention. So what I'm gonna do is delay, okay, the playing of this by three quarters of a second. Now I said that a second doesn't sound like much. Three quarters of a second, that's a generous, a generous amount of lead time. And then I think, with my name, we'll go to 1.5 seconds. Let's see if already you notice the difference, yeah, in terms of time. So I need to zoom out here for this to go. So just to recap there briefly, the two polygons, they play together. The ID cube comes in after three quarters of a second and then my name comes in after one and a half seconds here, so let's go for that EPUB interactivity preview, which you find in the corner of almost all of the interactive panels down in the bottom left here. Just click that. Okay. And again, to play the spread down at the bottom. Okay, so there you go, they come in. Three quarters of a second. And then one and a half seconds. I know that happened quite quickly. Okay, let's play that again. Don't worry about the white board. That's just the dimensions of the frame. You won't see those in published online. It's just, the proportions of the window, okay, are not the same as the actual target. That's all good. Just think of it as a place board. I'm going to replay the preview. Now it tells me here that I can optional alt-click to preview that, like so. It doesn't completely reload the thing as it did before. It doesn't go to white and then reload. One more time. Ready? So on three, two, one, click. See that, one and a half seconds, how long that feels. 'Cause the other two things come together real quick, yeah? The cube comes in, you think, okay, but what's happening now, what's happening, ah, there you go, something's happening, see? So that is actually quite an amount of time. You'll become more attuned to that as you work on it. You'll start to, eventually, you'll look back on one of your many, many projects and think, oh man, I went to like three seconds on that. How agonizing was that for my audience? But there you go. In the grand scheme of things, not a really big deal, right? It's fine. Yeah. But let's try and get nice, slick time, 'cause that's when your directorial debut comes in. Everybody has to learn by their mistakes. It's all cool.

Class Description

The InDesign® Publish Online service allows you to create rich documents that can be viewed in any standards-compliant browser (including those on devices) and all it takes is a little simple enhancing of your existing layout skills, and 100% no coding—promise! In Publish Online with Adobe® InDesign® CC® Tony Harmer will give you all components and workflows needed in order to create beautiful online documents.

You'll Learn:

  • Document & workspace setup
  • Animation basics
  • Events and triggers
  • Combining interaction and animation
  • Sending to Publish Online
  • Exporting for iBooks

Don't be fearful of needing to know any code or anything other than your existing InDesign layout skills. In Publish Online with Adobe® InDesign® CC® Tony will show you how to Increase your reach and publish to a wider audience.