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Join Adobe InDesign and publishing expert Mike Rankin as he explains how to use InDesign to design a wide range of digital documents, including interactive PDFs and apps for the iPad. This course provides a tour of digital publishing trends and shows how to bring these trends to bear in various projects, such as a slide presentation, a PDF form, and an interactive portfolio. Mike also introduces the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and shows how to publish dynamic interactive documents to the iPad and other mobile devices.
In addition to allowing users to fill in forms with information, you also want them to be able to perform some actions with the form. You might want to create buttons that allow people to print a form, submit a form when they're done, and to clear a form if they want to erase all their input and start again. With InDesign CS6, you can create buttons that do all of these things. So here at the bottom of my document I have three buttons: Print Form, Submit Form and Clear Form. I'll start with Print Form. I have already made it a button. I've given it a name and a description.
Now I just need to add an Action, I'll click the plus sign, choose PDF Only, Print Form. Now I'll click on Submit Form and for the Action, Submit Form, and here I can add a URL, so I'll type in mailto: and the address. In this case I'll do firstname.lastname@example.org and this one too has a description. Finally, I'll do Clear Form and I'm done.
Let's export to PDF and test these buttons. I'll choose Export to the Desktop, I'll just call it Submit, and I'll choose View After Exporting. Scroll down, so I can see my buttons and let's test them. Clicking Print opens my Print dialog box. Clicking Submit will open my default email client, and let's fill in some content and then clear it.
Adding actions to your forms is as simple as creating a few regular buttons and then assigning actions that allow people to print, submit and clear the form.
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