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Animations

Items in InDesign can be animated using the Animations panel. There are several preset animations for you to choose from, or you can create your own.

All animations must use a straight line motion path, but can change position, scale, and rotation.

To add an animation:

  • Select the item (or Group) on the page.
  • Open the Animation panel.
  • Select an option from the Preset dropdown list. (Only use the presets above the line).
  • Modify any of the properties you wish
  • Choose from the event(s) dropdown list. Use only: On Page Load, On Click (Self) or select the button trigger icon to the right of the
    event(s) dropdown and setup an "On Button Event". To do this, do the following:
    • Make a new image box and put it on top of the animation or make a new image box away from the animation and insert a button graphic or whatever you want.
    • Select the animation you want the image/button to connect to.
    • Click on the icon to the right of the event(s) dropdown. (See below).
    • Select your new image box/button. This will now automatically convert the image into a button for you.
    • This will now animate your item when the button is pressed. To see if this has been implemented, click back on the animation and in the event(s) its now reads: "On Release". Click on this and in the dropdown box and at the bottom it should read "On Button Event", this will also be ticked.
  • At the bottom of the window is a hidden menu indicated by the arrow next to "Properties", please expand this menu.
  • Ensure the Animate dropdown has "To Current Location" selected.

For further help with Adobe animations, please click here

A sample of animations can be downloaded here: AppStudio_testcase_Animations.zip

Note: Opacity items are not honoured 

Adding a time delay to an animation:

  • Select the item that you have added the animation to.
  • Open the Timing panel.
  • Select the item from the list.
  • Set the time delay you'd like before this animation starts.

Please note: Do not use the Preview panel to set up your time delays as this is not accurate.

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