Use multi-state objects to create Slide Shows in a 2-step process:
- First you'll create a multi-state object that contains the different images ("slides") of your slide show
- Then you'll set the different display options in the Twixl Publisher palette
1. Creating a multi-state object
A multi-state object for your slide show can be created via the Window -> Interactive -> Object States palette.
To create a multi-state object, place a number of images in your document and align them in a stack. then select them all, and click the "New" button in the Object States panel to create a multi-state object. You can also change the order of the images in the slide show.
TIP: OBJECT STATES ASSISTANT (FREE TOOL)
If you want to have extra tools at your disposal to work with Multi-State Objects, we suggest you have a look at this free tool: Object States Assistant.
Object States Assistant is a script that provides a more efficient and effective way of working with multi-state objects in InDesign
Object States Assistant (OSA) adds new functionalities to the Object States panel and improves the user experience. OSA improves states navigation, it also allows you to add objects to specific states, as well as remove and release multiple states in a single operation.
- Improves state navigation by using menu items or keyboard shortcuts
- Adds objects to all states in a single operation.
- Adds objects to multiple states in a single operation.
- Pastes objects into all states in a single operation.
- Removes multiple states in a single operation.
- Releases multiple states in a single operation.
- Retains the “State” actions after Copy and Paste.
- Adds an easy way to increment the state of a “Go to State” button action using “Step and Repeat”.
2. Setting the parameters for your slide show
After you have created a multi-state object, the relevant interactive options can be accessed from the Slide Show part of the Twixl Publisher palette.
- Analytics Name: Allows you to add a trackable name for the Slide Show.
- Export As: If you are exporting your publication in PDF format, then setting this option is irrevelant. If you export as JPG, then make sure to always export your slide show images as 'Nontransparent' (JPG), unless you are using transparency in your slide shows, then you will need to use 'Transparent' (PNG).
- Transition Style: Allows you to select a transition when changing slides.
- Duration: Sets the duration of the transition in seconds.
- Show Scroll View Indicator: Shows page indicators - i.e. when you select this option a semi-transparent layer will be added at the bottom of your slide show to indicate the number of pictures. You can control the look of this layer by selecting the background color and its opacity, as well as the active and inactive page colors.
- Allow Swiping To Change States: Controls whether a user can scroll through the slide show.
- Allow Full Screen View: Double-tapping a slide show toggles a full screen view of the slide show. Keep in mind that if you want to provide a full screen slide show, the images should be available at a full screen resolution, i.e. more or less 132 ppi at a 1024 x 768 resolution.
- Tap to play/pause: Allows a user to start/stop automatic playback of a slide show. You can change the default interval of 3 seconds, and select the "Loop" option to have a continuous playback of the slide show as long as the user remains on the same page.
- Auto Play: Will start the slide show automatically after the user navigates to this page. You can change the default interval of 3 seconds (must be a minimum of 0.1 seconds), define a delay if you do not want the slide show to start immediately, and select the "Loop" option to have a continuous playback of the slide show as long as the user remains on the same page.
- Play In A Loop: This option is available only when "Tap to play/pause" or "Auto Play" are active. It provides a continuous playback of the slide show as long as the user remains on the same page.
3. Exporting slide shows, how does that work exactly ?
When exporting slides from a slide show, the plug-in exports each image of the multi-state as a separate image.
Depending on your settings, this can be done in different ways:
- Export to a PDF-based publication: in this case the slides will be exported as transparent PDFs
- Export to a JPG-based publication:
- if the slide show option “Export As” is set to “Transparent”, the slides will be exported as transparent PNG files.
- if the slide show option “Export As” is set to “Non-transparent”, the slides will be exported as non-transparent JPG files.
All non-interactive content (such as text beneath the slide show) is exported as a single PDF or JPG file, and will become the base layer of your page, on which the rest of the interactive elements will be placed. See also
Be aware that slide shows that are exported as non-transparent will cover text beneath it, as the first slide will display a white area.