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Problems with Page Transitions

Community Beginner ,
Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

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I have created an interactive document with page transitions. The document has buttons, animations, and other media. The problem is two fold:

 

When exported as an EPub the page transitions do not work while all other animations, buttons, and media function normally.

 

When exported as an Interactive PDF and opened in Adobe Acrobat the page transitions DO work BUT none of the buttons, animations, or other media function AT ALL.

 

When published online the page transitions do not work but everything else does work just like with the EPUB.

 

Is there a way to export this document that allows all the media (page transitions, animations, buttons, etc) to function?

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Community Expert , Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

This is expected behavior. Page transitions are for "Interactive" PDFs. I put in quotes, because there really is no such thing, in the sense that the user must have Adobe Acrobat, be on a desktop, etc, so many restrictions. I recommend you use Publish Online instead. It's already part of your InDesign app, and you can incorporate so many of InDesign's interactive features with it. Check out these examples: http://bit.ly/PubOnCollection

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Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

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This is expected behavior. Page transitions are for "Interactive" PDFs. I put in quotes, because there really is no such thing, in the sense that the user must have Adobe Acrobat, be on a desktop, etc, so many restrictions. I recommend you use Publish Online instead. It's already part of your InDesign app, and you can incorporate so many of InDesign's interactive features with it. Check out these examples: http://bit.ly/PubOnCollection

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Apr 28, 2022 Apr 28, 2022

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Also, like to add that page transitions are very "old style." Don't recommend trying to incorporate them into your project, no matter the publishing format.

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Apr 29, 2022 Apr 29, 2022

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I find these features useful for presentations, thus allowing me to (1) use a professional design tool and (2) avoid Powerpoint, possibly the worst "standard" tool of all time, all categories.

 

Some subtle transitions are appropriate for presentations, but yes, the spins and wipes and slices are pretty... Powerpoint 2003. 😄

 


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Community Beginner ,
Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Thanks for your help! I was taking a publication design class and page transitions were part of the requirement for our final project along with animations. Since everyone ended up having the same issue she dropped the requirement in the end. 

My follow up question is, when I don't use page transitions is there a way to make all the objects and animations on the page load at once? Even when I publish online each page loads kind of slowly and then the animations start. Its not very smooth and looks pretty clunky even though the InDesign preview looks good before publishing.


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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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I opened it in a different browser and that helped but some of the sounds and videos don't work. What format is compatible with online publishing?

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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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Happy to take a look if you care to publish the link.

In general, you can make everything animate at once: select all objects in the Timing panel and click the little link icon. 

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Jun 07, 2022 Jun 07, 2022

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I actually know very little about the mechanics of Publish Online; although it's lumped in with other export formats I've only used it once or twice.

 

My assumption would be that Chrome is a completely compliant browser (or vice versa), but I could be wrong.

 


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