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Exporting an interactive PDF

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Video: Exporting an interactive PDF

Earlier in this chapter, we explored making PDF files for print output. Now we turn our attention to those PDFs that are designed to be viewed on screen. Here we have a document with some interactivity, like buttons and hyperlinks. We already know how to get a PDF out, right? We just go to the File menu and choose Export. But for this interactive document we want to choose Adobe PDF (Interactive). When I click Save, up comes the Export to Interactive PDF dialog box. Some of this dialog box is pretty self-explanatory.

Exporting an interactive PDF

Earlier in this chapter, we explored making PDF files for print output. Now we turn our attention to those PDFs that are designed to be viewed on screen. Here we have a document with some interactivity, like buttons and hyperlinks. We already know how to get a PDF out, right? We just go to the File menu and choose Export. But for this interactive document we want to choose Adobe PDF (Interactive). When I click Save, up comes the Export to Interactive PDF dialog box. Some of this dialog box is pretty self-explanatory.

For example, which pages do you want? I will do Pages 6-9. I would do the whole document, but it takes a while to export so I will just keep it limited. I am going to view it After exporting. I am going to definitely rmbed my page thumbnails for an interactive PDF. I also like turning on Create Tagged PDF, so that if somebody who is visually impaired wants to use this with a screen reader they can. The next section here has to do with what happens to your PDF when you open it in Acrobat. For example, how do want your viewers to see it when it first opens? Do you want to use Fit Page, so the whole page shows up on the screen, or would you rather make sure it's set to Fit Width, so that just the top part of the screen may be showing? I will use Fit Page.

If you are creating a facing pages document that has a cover page, I definitely recommend using Two-Up (Cover Page). That usually looks best in Acrobat. On the other hand, for a single pages document, go ahead and choose Single Page. For a facing pages document, one that has left and right-handed pages, I usually use Two-Up (Cover Page), especially if there is a page 1, which really is a cover. Of course, if you are only using a single -sided page, you could choose that, but here I am going to use Two-Up. If this document is meant to be a presentation, you will probably want to turn on the Open in Full Screen Mode.

They make this an option because this kind of freaks out some people if all of a sudden it Opens in Full Screen Mode. Now, if you do do that however, you can also set Acrobat to automatically flip your pages every so often. That's great if you are making a presentation that's going to be running like a slideshow. If you haven't already used the Page Transitions panel in InDesign to set your transition, you can set them here. For example, I will choose Blinds. Now, if you have gone through all the trouble to make buttons and add movies and animations and so on, you probably want to include them, so choose Include All.

I am not sure why you would use Appearance Only. I suppose maybe if you were just doing a quick proof to see how the page looked. But in general, just Include All. Now, there is one more thing I want to point out, and that is the resolution. By default, InDesign chooses a low resolution for your images, 72 ppi. In my opinion, that's too low, because if somebody wants to zoom in on an image, it will look really pixelated. So I recommend 144 or maybe even higher. I usually use a nice even 150. Let's try it out.

I am going to click OK. The first thing I see is that InDesign alerts me that one or more interactive elements are clipped. What it's referring to is this movie here. It's a Flash video which has been clipped into a smaller rectangle. PDF has trouble with that kind of clipping, but don't worry. It will all work out. I will click OK and it goes ahead and exports the file. The more complex and large the document is, the longer this will take of course. Because I had turned on that Full Screen Mode, Acrobat is alerting me, watch out.

It's going to go into Full Screen Mode. Is that okay? I will go ahead and click Yes, and we will see that the document fills up the entire screen. Now, let's check our interactivity. I will roll over one of these buttons. Yes, it works. I will click, and it takes me to the next page with that really cool transition. I will try this button over here by clicking Contents. Yup! There is our interactive contents, looking great. I do kind of wish that Adobe would have provided a way to save those interactive PDF settings as presets, so that you could have called up different settings that you have used quickly.

But I think our document looks great and it's ready to ship.

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InDesign CS5 Essential Training

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  1. 5m 50s
    1. Welcome
      1m 33s
    2. What is InDesign CS5?
      2m 26s
    3. Using the exercise files
      1m 51s
  2. 54m 49s
    1. Understanding the Application window
      6m 0s
    2. Navigating pages
      6m 39s
    3. Zooming and magnifying
      6m 57s
    4. Managing more than one document window
      3m 36s
    5. Setting rulers and measurements
      2m 9s
    6. Positioning panels correctly
      6m 28s
    7. Saving time by making workspaces
      3m 24s
    8. Setting the view quality of artwork
      4m 9s
    9. Adjusting View and Preview settings
      4m 56s
    10. Rotating pages and spreads
      3m 2s
    11. Displaying a new view with the New Window feature
      3m 29s
    12. Setting application and document preferences
      4m 0s
  3. 21m 31s
    1. Using the Tool panel
      8m 1s
    2. Learning and editing keyboard shortcuts
      6m 24s
    3. Working with spring-loaded tool shortcuts
      1m 17s
    4. Using contextual menus
      2m 51s
    5. Choosing menu items with Quick Apply
      2m 58s
  4. 45m 25s
    1. Creating new documents
      7m 28s
    2. Saving and reverting documents
      3m 41s
    3. Using multiple Undo and Revert
      4m 28s
    4. Setting margin and column guides
      5m 16s
    5. Using ruler guides
      8m 10s
    6. Bleeding colors or images off the side of the page
      4m 29s
    7. Saving objects in libraries
      4m 49s
    8. Exporting and importing page snippets
      4m 29s
    9. Saving for CS4 with IDML
      2m 35s
  5. 31m 18s
    1. Inserting, deleting, and moving pages
      7m 23s
    2. Changing page size
      6m 14s
    3. Adding page numbering
      3m 43s
    4. Changing page numbering with sections
      5m 58s
    5. Creating and applying master pages
      5m 20s
    6. Overriding master page items
      2m 40s
  6. 1h 21m
    1. Understanding text frames
      4m 6s
    2. Typing and editing text
      4m 36s
    3. Filling with placeholder text
      2m 38s
    4. Inserting special characters
      4m 43s
    5. Importing text
      7m 49s
    6. Threading text frames
      4m 1s
    7. Setting text frame columns and insets
      6m 32s
    8. Setting vertical justification and first baseline position
      6m 9s
    9. Putting text on a path
      6m 51s
    10. Using the Story Editor
      8m 43s
    11. Checking spelling
      7m 42s
    12. Using Find/Change
      9m 25s
    13. Tracking text changes
      8m 1s
  7. 49m 50s
    1. Importing graphics
      8m 11s
    2. Importing from Mini Bridge
      5m 27s
    3. Using the Links panel
      6m 34s
    4. Embedding links
      2m 37s
    5. Editing graphics in their original app
      3m 14s
    6. Fitting graphics to a frame
      6m 12s
    7. Taking advantage of image transparency and clipping paths
      4m 53s
    8. Adding live captions
      5m 56s
    9. Colorizing images
      2m 1s
    10. Turning image layers on and off
      4m 45s
  8. 46m 15s
    1. Selecting objects
      5m 32s
    2. Applying basic strokes and fills
      8m 18s
    3. Using advanced strokes
      3m 28s
    4. Adjusting transparency
      4m 38s
    5. Adding drop shadows
      6m 41s
    6. Applying feathering
      4m 25s
    7. Copying formatting with the Eyedropper tool
      4m 35s
    8. Finding and changing object formatting
      4m 50s
    9. Making polygons and starbursts
      3m 48s
  9. 22m 56s
    1. Making interactive documents
      2m 6s
    2. Adding hyperlinks
      5m 52s
    3. Building bookmarks
      3m 38s
    4. Creating buttons
      8m 57s
    5. Animating an object
      2m 23s
  10. 23m 29s
    1. Creating color swatches
      5m 52s
    2. The danger and power of unnamed colors
      4m 47s
    3. Building tint swatches
      2m 18s
    4. Creating gradient swatches
      3m 56s
    5. Applying gradients
      6m 36s
  11. 50m 0s
    1. Positioning objects with the Page Gap tool
      2m 53s
    2. Stacking objects
      2m 13s
    3. Creating and controlling layers
      3m 53s
    4. Managing objects in the Layers panel
      3m 37s
    5. Nesting objects
      2m 46s
    6. Editing frame and path shapes
      4m 6s
    7. Adding rounded corners and other corner options
      3m 57s
    8. Grouping objects
      3m 14s
    9. Locking objects
      2m 39s
    10. Aligning and distributing
      5m 43s
    11. Understanding text wrap
      8m 13s
    12. Using anchored objects
      6m 46s
  12. 18m 49s
    1. Duplicating objects
      5m 39s
    2. Rotating objects
      3m 3s
    3. Scaling objects
      3m 57s
    4. Mirroring objects
      3m 46s
    5. Using the Transform Again feature
      2m 24s
  13. 25m 52s
    1. Applying basic character styling
      7m 8s
    2. Applying advanced character formatting
      4m 54s
    3. Changing case
      2m 51s
    4. Understanding OpenType features
      3m 19s
    5. Using Find/Change for text formatting
      3m 18s
    6. Using Find Font
      4m 22s
  14. 45m 27s
    1. Applying formatting to a paragraph
      4m 14s
    2. Spanning a paragraph across multiple columns
      3m 5s
    3. Splitting a paragraph into multiple columns
      2m 1s
    4. Using drop caps
      3m 16s
    5. Adjusting text hyphenation
      3m 21s
    6. Fine-tuning justified text
      4m 19s
    7. Setting tabs
      5m 54s
    8. Aligning to a baseline grid
      4m 24s
    9. Controlling orphans and widows with Keep Options
      2m 39s
    10. Adding rules (lines) above or below a paragraph
      3m 14s
    11. Adding automatic bullets
      4m 39s
    12. Working with numbered lists
      4m 21s
  15. 31m 3s
    1. Creating and applying paragraph styles
      6m 34s
    2. Using character styles
      5m 43s
    3. Applying styles automatically with Nested Styles
      7m 19s
    4. Using object styles
      3m 27s
    5. Using Quick Apply with styles
      2m 49s
    6. Cleaning up a local formatting mess
      5m 11s
  16. 37m 0s
    1. Creating a table
      5m 54s
    2. Adjusting rows and columns
      6m 35s
    3. Formatting a table
      8m 5s
    4. Adding headers and footers
      1m 58s
    5. Applying table styles
      5m 32s
    6. Adding Microsoft Word and Excel tables
      8m 56s
  17. 10m 26s
    1. Checking your document with the Preflight panel
      2m 54s
    2. Creating a custom preflight profile
      4m 45s
    3. Checking color with the Separations Preview
      2m 47s
  18. 31m 7s
    1. Packaging for output
      4m 13s
    2. Using the Print dialog box
      10m 22s
    3. Exporting a PDF
      8m 47s
    4. Exporting an interactive PDF
      3m 59s
    5. Exporting text
      1m 36s
    6. Exporting SWF files
      2m 10s
  19. 1m 32s
    1. Finding more information and help
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      20s

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