Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating bookmarks, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
Any .PDF document longer than a few pages that's meant to be read on screen needs bookmarks.…And these let your reader jump directly to the section of the document that they want…to read. For example here in Acrobat I can simply…come over to the Bookmarks tab and then click on one of these bookmarks.…InDesign jumps right to the page that has that course listing on it.…Now pretty much all PDF readers can show bookmarks,including Acrobat, and even most…of the PDF readers on tablets. So it's a really go idea to add bookmarks…to your InDesign documents, and then they'll show up in the PDF.…
Let's switch back to InDesign and see how to do it.…You create bookmarks using the Bookmarks panel, and I'm going to open my Bookmarks…panel, it's right here in the dock. If you don't have it in your dock you can…go to the Window menu and choose it out of the interactive sub menu.…Now right now my Bookmarks panel is blank, I don't have any bookmarks in this document.…So let's go ahead and add some. And there are three ways that you can add…
- 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.