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Creating PDF-only buttons

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Video: Creating PDF-only buttons

When you're using buttons, you may notice that there are a series of actions labeled PDF Only and SWF Only. This is because there are certain actions that can only be accomplished by that specific software. You should design your document with the final export in mind. Inside our document, I have a layer labeled PDF only. By turning this layer on and off, you'll see there are three buttons at the bottom of the screen: Zoom in, Zoom out and Print. The reason I have these buttons on their own layer is because the actions that they perform will only work inside an exported PDF. I put them on their own layer because if I want to export this file to a SWF, having these buttons there would be distracting to the user because they wouldn't work.

Creating PDF-only buttons

When you're using buttons, you may notice that there are a series of actions labeled PDF Only and SWF Only. This is because there are certain actions that can only be accomplished by that specific software. You should design your document with the final export in mind. Inside our document, I have a layer labeled PDF only. By turning this layer on and off, you'll see there are three buttons at the bottom of the screen: Zoom in, Zoom out and Print. The reason I have these buttons on their own layer is because the actions that they perform will only work inside an exported PDF. I put them on their own layer because if I want to export this file to a SWF, having these buttons there would be distracting to the user because they wouldn't work.

So if was going to be using this in a SWF, I could just turn this off and export to a SWF, and I wouldn't have to worry about it. But I am going to leave it on because we're going to be talking about these buttons. If I want to select one of these buttons, it's on a master page. So I need to go to the master page and then I am going to zoom in down to these buttons. I am going to select the Zoom in button and I open the Button panel and I am going to add an action for PDF Only called View Zoom. I am going to change the view from Full Screen to Zoom In, because that's what the button says. I'll repeat the action for the zoom out.

I am going to add an action, View Zoom, Zoom Out. Now, you would think for print, I would do the same thing, but unfortunately there is no Print option inside PDF Only. For that, we're going to have to use Acrobat Professional. Before we go to Acrobat there is one more option that I want to talk about with the buttons. Inside the Buttons panel menu, there is an option called PDF Options. In here, we can type in a tooltip. Now, right now, I have it as Print. If I wanted to type something else, I can put this in here. This way when you open up the PDF inside Acrobat Professional, when you mouse over the button, you'll have a little pop- up window that'll tell you exactly what your description is.

I've already set these up for all of these buttons, but if you want to change them, feel free to. Now that we have our buttons set up, let's export it to a PDF. We're going to choose Adobe PDF (Interactive). I am going to put this on our desktop. We'll leave everything the same. Make sure that the View PDF After Exporting is turned on and we'll click OK. Inside this PDF, let's test out our buttons. I've got the Zoom out button, which zooms me out, and I have got the Zoom in button that zooms in. But the Print button isn't currently working.

In order to add this attribute, I have to go to the Control panel at the top of the screen, right-click, and choose Advanced Editing. I am going to get access to the Advanced Editing toolbar and I am going to select the Select Object tool. I am going to go down and select the Print button. I'll double-click to bring up its dialog box. Inside the Actions menu, I am going to choose execute a menu item and click Add. From here, I'm going to choose File > Print and click OK.

Now, to test this, I'll hit the Hand button at the top, and I can come down and click on the Print button, and my Print dialog pops-up. If you know you're going to be designing for a PDF, you can take advantage of these useful features. Just remember that in order to set up some of these actions, you'll have to use Acrobat Pro.

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InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Introduction
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 45s
    1. Interactive documents: Born Magazine
      1m 49s
    2. Annual report case study: Unitus
      1m 44s
    3. Self-publishing
      1m 59s
    4. Digital books: iBooks, ePub
      2m 15s
    5. Digital newspapers: Times Reader
      1m 51s
    6. Digital magazines: Wired, iGIZMO, The New Yorker
      2m 7s
  3. 12m 32s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      2m 36s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      2m 21s
    4. Working with images
      2m 37s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 52s
  4. 9m 40s
    1. Comparing PDF and SWF presentations
      2m 5s
    2. Presenting from InDesign: Presentation mode
      2m 2s
    3. Presenting a SWF
      1m 50s
    4. Presenting a PDF
      1m 8s
    5. Creative tip: Practice your presentation
      2m 35s
  5. 33m 42s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 28s
    2. Previewing your layout with the Preview panel
      3m 25s
    3. Creative tip: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
      3m 11s
    4. Setting up a presentation with layers
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      4m 40s
    7. Overriding master page items
      3m 21s
    8. Setting page transitions
      2m 31s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      2m 26s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      2m 14s
  6. 23m 30s
    1. Adding a Full Screen button with a tool tip
      4m 15s
    2. Creating PDF bookmarks in InDesign
      3m 19s
    3. Using a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
      3m 11s
    4. Using animation inside a PDF presentation
      6m 15s
    5. Exporting your presentation to interactive PDF
      4m 6s
    6. Creating a PDF Portfolio presentation
      2m 24s
  7. 29m 50s
    1. Exploring the Animating Encyclopedia Script
      6m 24s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a list
      2m 28s
    4. Designing an alternate navigation
      3m 35s
    5. Creating a multistate object
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a page number indicator
      1m 59s
    7. Animating an opening page
      1m 53s
    8. Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls
      2m 4s
    9. Exporting your presentation to SWF
      2m 21s
    10. Watching out for transitions with animations
      1m 3s
  8. 24m 3s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 43s
    2. Creative tip: Breaking down a complex animation
      3m 2s
    3. Taming the Timing panel
      1m 43s
    4. Animating on a motion path
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a sound hot spot
      2m 34s
    6. Creating a slideshow with a multistate object
      1m 50s
    7. Creating a loaded button
      2m 43s
    8. Creating an interactive map
      4m 25s
    9. Creative tip: Have fun!
      3m 1s
  9. 15m 38s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 19s
    2. Creating the opening transition
      4m 20s
    3. Creating a logo slideshow
      2m 34s
    4. Animating the color palette
      3m 44s
    5. Combining multistate objects and buttons
      3m 41s
  10. 28m 45s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 26s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      4m 19s
    3. Building a navigation system
      2m 9s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 1s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      4m 14s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      3m 59s
    7. Setting navigation points
      3m 24s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      2m 2s
    9. Creating URLs from hyperlinks
      4m 11s
  11. 22m 40s
    1. Preparing your layout for Export
      5m 7s
    2. Handing off your InDesign layout to Flash
      3m 11s
    3. Opening the FLA file in Flash CS5 Professional
      2m 33s
    4. Adding a stop command and testing the movie
      2m 22s
    5. Fixing the buttons
      3m 8s
    6. Importing a video into Flash
      1m 45s
    7. Editing the animations
      2m 59s
    8. Publishing a SWF
      1m 35s
  12. 17m 0s
    1. Avoiding legacy media
      1m 11s
    2. Converting a video into FLV with Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 52s
    3. Using the JPG Pass-Through filter
      2m 32s
    4. Avoiding compatibility issues
      3m 7s
    5. Slimming down your FLA
      2m 41s
    6. Sharing motion presets
      3m 40s
    7. Testing hyperlinks in a SWF
      1m 57s
  13. 34s
    1. Further Recommendations
      34s

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