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InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs
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InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs

with David Blatner

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(MUSIC). Welcome to InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs. I'm David Blatner, and I'm the co-host of InDesign Secrets, the publisher of InDesign Magazine, and the creator of InDesign Insider Training here at www.lynda.com. In this title, I discuss the world of interactive PDFs. What they are, what you can do with them, and most importantly, how you can make them yourself using InDesign and Acrobat. I'll also explore some of the challenges that you need to watch out for. Both in how you make these files, and how you distribute them. So, come along with me in this fun, fast, and in depth exploration of InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs.

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InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs
2h 22m Intermediate Jul 23, 2013 Updated Jan 17, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Creating a new interactive document
  • Linking to URLs and mail addresses
  • Creating bookmarks
  • Adding buttons with rollover states
  • Adding text, list, and submit fields to forms
  • Embedding audio and video
  • Adding page transitions
  • Best practices for exporting high-quality interactive PDF files
Subjects:
Design Digital Publishing PDF
Software:
InDesign
Author:
David Blatner

Welcome

(MUSIC). Welcome to InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs. I'm David Blatner, and I'm the co-host of InDesign Secrets, the publisher of InDesign Magazine, and the creator of InDesign Insider Training here at www.lynda.com. In this title, I discuss the world of interactive PDFs. What they are, what you can do with them, and most importantly, how you can make them yourself using InDesign and Acrobat. I'll also explore some of the challenges that you need to watch out for. Both in how you make these files, and how you distribute them. So, come along with me in this fun, fast, and in depth exploration of InDesign Insider Training: Interactive PDFs.

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Q: I am trying to turn objects in a layered InDesign document into buttons, following the lessons in Chapter 3, but they don't show up when I export to PDF. What's wrong?
A: This is a known issue with InDesign, stacked layers, and buttons. The final stacking order in your PDF is actually determined by the order the buttons are created, not the stacking order of the layers in your document. David Blatner has researched and proposed a solution to this issue on his InDesign Secrets blog. Read more about it here.
Q: This course was updated on 01/17/2014. What changed?
A: The author updated three movies in the "Links and Bookmarks" chapter, since the behavior of hyperlinks has recently changed in InDesign CC.
 
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