Navigation Buttons and Page Curls
InDesign’s export to SWF includes the option for the Interactive Page Curl navigation feature. This allows the user to “pull” any corner of a page in the SWF to change pages, as if it were an actual printed piece (Figure 5). That’s entertaining, but only if the user knows to click. There’s no hint that page corners are “live,” so (are you getting weary of hearing this?) you have to provide a clue. One solution to this is to provide an introductory section in the piece, with a legend explaining how to use navigation controls.
Figure 5 The Interactive Page curl option turns a page as if it were ultra-thin paper.
Common navigation conventions such as buttons for Next Page, Previous Page, and Home (usually the first page or a table of contents) are fairly obvious (Figure 6). But what if you don’t want to cover up parts of the page with navigation controls?
Figure 6 Simple next page/previous page/home buttons are fairly intuitive, requiring little or no explanation. If they are positioned near the corners of the page, turn off Interactive Page Curl (it competes with the buttons for control).