Adding Links to Slideshows

As of version 5.3 of Mag+, you can add items such as Jump Links, Web Links, Popups, and Videos to Slideshows. It involves using the Object States panel in InDesign and adding the interactive element to an individual Object State. This article will show you how to add a Video to a Slideshow.

Before You Begin

  • Make sure you have installed version 5.3 or later of the Mag+ InDesign Plugin.
  • Make sure you have installed version 5.3 or later of the Mag+ Reviewer app.
  • Make sure you have built a version 5.3 or later version of your app and have it available in the appropriate app store prior to publishing Issues with Enhanced Slideshows.

Additional Information

How to Add a Jump Link to a Slideshow

The steps below cover adding a Jump Link to a Slideshow. Adding a Web Link is very similar — you simply change the Hotspot Type in Step 9 to "Web Link" and choose the appropriate settings. To review how to add a regular Web Link, please read the article "Creating Web Links."

1. In InDesign, create each slide in your slideshow.

Note: Slides can be images, text frames, or objects that are grouped. In the example below, there is one image frame (Label 1) and a grouped object (Label 2) that consists of an image frame and text frame. They are shown side-by-side in the screenshot, but they will be placed on top of each other by the end of the example.

2. Open the Object States panel by going to Window > Interactive > Object States.

3. Select the image box and the grouped object and then click the "Convert to multi-state object" button at the bottom of the Object States panel.

 Note: This creates two states (or slides) for the slideshow.

4. Click on each state and move the frames so that they are on top of each other.

5. Select the state which shows the grouped object in the Object States panel.

6. Now go to the Mag+ Object Panel and click on the "Link" button.

7. A Clickable Area (also called a Hotspot) will be created.

Note: In the screenshot below, the Clickable Area (blue frame) has been moved slightly in order to show it more clearly.

The Clickable Area frame will default to cover the entire state.

8. Resize the Clickable Area to cover the part of your Object State that the user will tap to jump.

9. In the Mag+ Object panel, set the options as specified below.

Mag+ Object Panel Settings

10. Now select the whole Multi-State Object by clicking on it once.

Note: When you select a Multi-State Object, you will see a thick dashed line around the object; this tells you that you have selected the entire object and not just one state.

11. In the Mag+ Object Panel, the "Object Type" pulldown menu should read "Slideshow."

Note: You can choose different options as to how the slideshow behaves. You can read more about slideshow settings by reading the article "Creating Slideshows in InDesign."

12. Now go to the Mag+ Verticals panel and click on "Fast Review" to preview your Slideshow.

13. On your review device, you can now swipe through the slideshow and tap on the Clickable Area to jump to other content.

Additional Information

Following the above steps, with minor modifications, also allows you to add Audio start/stop Links, Web links, Jump links, and Popups. For more information, consult the following articles:

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