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Creating Multi-State Objects

With the Object States panel (New!), you can create multiple versions of an object, known as a state, on a page. An object with multiple states is called a multi-state object. Each time you create a new state, you create a new version of the selected object to the page. Only one state is visible on the page at a time. For example, you can create a slide show for use in a PDF or SWF, where each image is stacked and aligned on top of each other as a multi-state object. When you print the document or export it as a PDF, only the active state appears. After you create a multi-state object, you can edit it in a variety of ways. You can edit an object in a state, add to or duplicate objects in a state, or delete a state and its contents. If you want to break apart a multi-state object, you can convert it to independent objects.

Create a Multi-State Object

  • blue1-circle.jpg Select the objects you want to convert into a multi-state object.
  • blue2-circle.jpg To stack the objects on top of each other, click the Align Horizontal Centers and Align Vertical Centers buttons on the Control or Align panel.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Select the Object States panel.
    • Click the Window menu, point to Interactive, and then click Object States.
  • blue4-circle.jpg Click the Convert Selection To Multi-State Object button on the panel.

    The objects appears as states in the panel and a dashed frame border appears around them in the document.

  • blue5-circle.jpg Type a name for the multi-state object.
  • blue6-circle.jpg Click the default state name, type name, and then press Enter (Win) or Return (Mac).
  • blue7-circle.jpg To select the multi-state object, click the Multi-State button.
    • To select a state, click the state in the list.

Edit a Multi-State Object

  • blue1-circle.jpg Select a multi-state object.
  • blue2-circle.jpg Select the Object States panel.
    • Click the Window menu, point to Interactive, and then click Object States.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Perform any of the following:
    • Edit a State. Select the state in the panel, and then edit it in the document.

    • Add an Object to an Existing State. Select the object and multi-state object, and then click the Add Objects To Visible State button on the panel.

    • Paste an Object to an Existing State. Cut or copy the object to the Clipboard, select the multi-state object, select the state in the panel, click the Options menu, and then click Paste Into State.

    • Duplicate a State. Select the state in the panel, click the Options menu, and then click New State.

    • Delete a State and Remove Contents. Select the state in the panel, click the Options menu, and then click Delete State.

    • Convert a Multi-State Object to Independent Objects. Select the state in the panel, click the Options menu, and then click Release State To Object.

    • Hide a Multi-State Object in an Export Until Triggered. Click the Options menu, and then click Hide Until Triggered.

    • Reset All Multi-State Objects to the First State. Click the Options menu, and then click Reset All Multi-State Objects To First State.

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