The starting point for designing for SWF in QuarkXPress is to
create an interactive layout. There are three ways to dothis:
With a new project: File > New Projectthen choose
LayoutType = Interactive.
Add an interactive layout to an ongoing project:
Duplicate another layout such as a print layout:
When you use the third option, you can convert an entire
print layout to an interactive layout. You can basically take
an entire brochure to SWF with just a click or two. If you want
to keep certain things synchronized between the two layouts
(suchas the same text, or the same box shapes, etc.), “Share”
the key items before you duplicate, and the synchronization
will automatically be set up when you duplicate. For more
on Shared content, see your Help file or PDF Manual.
If you’re using XPert Page Sets, the Layout Typeoption is
initially hidden in theNew Projectwindow. Just click on
the QuarkXPress icon button in the bottom left corner of
the window to reveal it.
You have to pick your pixel dimensions at the start, but you
can always save them later via Layout>Layout Properties,
and of course it will be fullyscalable vectors anyway
(except the images).
Now get to work doing your design work: everything you
are used to doing. Make it look fantastic.
At this point, you want your design to move, and you wantto
let users interact with it. You’ll use the Interactivepalette to do
this. You don’t have to deal with a timeline or ActionScript
scripting. If you are a long time Flash user, you might initially
miss these tools, but the goal of the Interactive Layout feature
is to build SWF projects that use design, page layout and
very simple scripting to achieve attractive high-impact
Flash projects rapidly and without having to programme.
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