Slideshow overlays

Use the Object States panel to create a set of images for a slideshow. Each state, or slide, can contain multiple objects. For example, if you want a different text frame to appear with each image, combine the image and text frame on the same state.

Slideshow states support any interactive overlay except for slideshows.

Create a slideshow using the Object States panel

Hot Spot Button Workaround

Slideshow images are converted into PNG images in the folio.

Currently, you cannot make a slideshow play in full-screen mode without using HTML.

  1. In InDesign, use the Object States panel (Window > Interactive > Object States) to create a slideshow. (For details, see “Create a multi-state object slide show” in InDesign Help.)

    When you create a multi-state object, you insert images, align them in an article, and convert the article to a multi-state object.

  2. In the Object States panel, specify an object name.

    When your multi-state objects in the horizontal and vertical documents have both the same object name and individual state names, the slideshow maintains continuity when the iPad is rotated. In addition, using a descriptive name makes analytics reports easier to understand.


    To avoid errors, do not include punctuation or extended characters in the object name or object state name.

  3. Create navigation buttons that browse through the states in the multi-state object.

    Use the Go To State action to refer to a specific slide. Use the Go To Next State and Go To Previous State actions to navigate through slides.


    The Sample Buttons panel in InDesign includes a library of navigation buttons. If you use these sample buttons, delete the existing action and replace with a Go To Next State or Go To Previous State action.

  4. If you want the button appearance to change when it’s tapped, click [Click] under Appearance, and change its appearance.

    If a button uses the Go To State action, the [Click] state appears when the specificed state is selected. For example, the [Normal] state button can have a black frame, and the [Click] state can have a red frame. The red frame appears when the button is tapped on the iPad. (The [Rollover] state is not supported on mobile devices.)

  5. To change slideshow settings, select the multi-state object, and specify the following settings in the Overlays/Folio Overlays panel:

    Auto Play

    When selected, the slideshow begins playing when users turn to the page.

    Tap to Play/Pause

    When selected, this setting lets users tap to play and pause an auto-running slideshow. Double-tapping resets the slideshow.


    If Auto Play is selected, you can specify the time that elapses between loading the page and the start of the slideshow. Specify a value from 0 to 60 seconds.


    If Auto Play or Tap To Play/Pause is selected, the Interval value determines the duration of display for each slide.

    Play _ Time

    If either Auto Play or Tap To Play/Pause is selected, you can specify the number of times the slideshow plays. This option is dimmed if Loop is selected.


    If either Auto Play or Tap To Play/Pause is selected, select Loop to play the slideshow continuously until the user double-taps the slideshow or turns the page.

    Stop At Last Image

    If either Auto Play or Tap To Play/Pause is selected, select Stop At Last Image to stop at the last image of the slideshow instead of the first.

    Cross Fade

    When selected, this setting provides a fade transition to the next slide. The value is 0.5 seconds by default. You can specify a value between 0.125 seconds and 60 seconds. This value applies to both auto-playing and manually advanced slideshows.

    Swipe to Change Image

    When enabled, this setting lets the user swipe to move from slide to slide.

    Stop at First/Last Image

    This setting determines whether the slideshow stops playing or continues when the last slide is reached going forward or the first slide is reached going backward. This option affects only swiping.

    Hide Before Playing

    If selected, the slideshow remains hidden until the user taps a button to display a slide.

    Play In Reverse

    When enabled, the slideshow plays the images in reverse order.

    Export Format in PDF Articles

    If your slideshow appears in an article that uses PDF format, you can choose Bitmap or Vector. Choosing Vector is especially useful when you’re creating a single folio for both SD and HD iPads or iPhones. The Vector option provides sharper text when the folio is displayed on an HD iOS device, but it takes a moment to load. For best results, use Vector for text-intensive slideshows, and use Raster for image-based slideshows or when creating separate renditions for SD and HD iOS devices. Raster slideshows are resampled to no higher than 72 ppi.

When you copy the multi-state object to a different document, the object is renamed. For example, “sea slugs” becomes “sea slugs 2.” To maintain continuity when the device is rotated, make sure that the object names in the horizontal and vertical documents are identical. Don’t leave any spaces at the end of the object name. In addition, the corresponding state names in each layout should be identical.


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