Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding calculations to your PDF files, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
As I said in the last movie, you just can't do everything in InDesign.…One of the most important things that you need Acrobat for is adding advanced…functionality to your PDF files. For example, calculation fields.…I had my flyer document open for my exercise files, and I'm going to click on…this text frame and zoom in 200% by pressing Cmd+ 2, or Ctrl +2 on Windows.…You'll notice that I've added a Total field here.…And I want this Total field to automatically calculate how expensive…these tickets are going to be based on how many tickets the people are going to buy.…
This is just a regular text frame that I've turned into a Text Field button.…If I open the buttons and Forms panel, you can see that this is just a Text Field…type button. I'm going to make one change here.…I'm going to set this to Read Only, because, I don't want my user, the person…looking at this pdf to fill this out. I want to calculate it for them.…All right, let's go ahead and close that panel and export this PDF.…I'll go to the File menu and choose Export.…
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
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.