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While PDFs can be used for printing, they also have interactive features that make them great for forms, brochures, and prototypes. In this course, InDesign insider David Blatner tells you what interactive PDFs are, why they're so useful, and how to make them yourself with Adobe InDesign and Acrobat. Learn to make hyperlinks to websites, other pages in your document, and email; add buttons that navigate, show, and hide content; create a form with check boxes and text entry fields; and embed audio and video. Plus, discover how to add polish with calculations, page transitions, and more.
Before I start showing you InDesign's interactive PDF features. Let me say a quick word about the exercise files available for you to use. If you are a premium member of the online training library, you have access to the exercise files that I'm going to be using throughout this training. The files have been broken down into chapters. And if you're following along, it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. Each folder has its own set of files, sometimes with the same names. But these files are, in fact, different in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program.
To open this document, just double click on it. If you see a dialogue box like this one that says there's missing links, go ahead and click OK, because those files aren't necessary for this particular exercise. Or, if it says that there are modified links you can click Update. And if you see a dialog box saying that you're missing fonts, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your system. Now, one more thing about these files, at the end of each movie after we've moved objects around or changed text or whatever, you should go to the file menu and choose Revert. That's what I do, so you'll always see a nice clean file at the beginning of each movie.
The reason I do this, is so that you can jump right to any movie you want, even if it's in the middle of a chapter and you won't be lost. Now, on the other hand, if you don't have access to the exercise files, you can still learn by either just watching what I do, or by following along using your own text and image assets.
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