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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
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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