What do you mean by "open like a brochure"?
instead of a book, turning from page to page, we want it to 'unfold' like a trifold brochure would. The front would open, then the inside page would fold out, then you are looking at the whole inside spread. Then maybe have a button to view the back (or have no back at all). Does that make sense?
Indesign can't do that, but After Effects or Flash can generate such. Normal flipbooks are prolific, but this trifold is special.
Do you know where I can get info or a tutorial on how to do that in Flash? I'm a little rusty with that program, and I can't find info anywhere.
Before you get too involved with Flash, consider the following:
Flash files will not play on tablet devices.
Flash files may not play on desktop (computer) devices.
Flash is REALLY difficult to learn. You would spend a lot of time programming the turns.
Who is your audience for this file? Unless you're using it for just your own presentations on your own laptop, you're not going to be happy.
hmm, it's for desktop devices. It's going on our main website for the entire public to view. Flash doesn't sound like the solution then. Do you recommend After Effects?
AE does not create interactive output. You could only export animations which are then used in, for example, Indesign, to generate an interactive PDF/SWF with button actions.
By the way: AE is even harder to learn than Flash, since it is a professional effects tool.
My advice is to drop the entire idea. There is no benefit to doing this.
No wow factor, only a large file that's likely to load very slowly and
result in viewers hitting the back button.
I'd be more inclined to convert the entire project to HTML and do it the
right way for the web.
You can use jQuery for this type of function, it can be used on images, not PDFs, etc.
So best if you inquire in the Dreamweaver forum (if that's what y'all use for the website creation/maintenance) or a forum for the platform y'all use.
A simple example via Google:
The code for this example is on github.
Those are great. Thanks for posting the link.
The page you linked to says that pFold is a JQuery plug-in.
If it's a plug-in, will that mean that viewers will have to download something?
Isn't that a real problem? Flash didn't take off till it shipped with browsers.
Sandee--no, nothing to download per se.
It is an extension of jQuery, and in that sense is a plug-in. Code repository:
Takes knowledge and or hitting a couple brick walls to figure out by a non-coder. But it is reasonably straight-forward to implement.
Next we'll want folding pieces represented on a screen that represents the unfolded piece of paper behaving like a pdf, behaving like a folded piece of paper.
It's like inception!
I use BoxShot 4 - you can save a 3D pdf.
It doesn't allow folding - but gives it a good idea.