Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating a new interactive document, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
I'm not going to spend a lot of time creating a document from scratch.…After all you already know how to make pages in InDesign.…But, I do want to talk about how you might want to set up your InDesign file.…Whether you're building a new one or if you already have a document that you want…to convert into a interactive PDF. Let's start with those documents that we…already have. this file was layed out on a letter sized…page and it looks just ready to print. And in fact it was originally designed for…print, but now we've decided to put it on a webpage for download.…We're not going to be adding a lot of interactivity to this, we're just going to…add some hyperlinks. So really, because this is a very simple…document, I don't really need to do anything special in order to get it ready…to be an interactive document. But I do want to take a moment and look at…the colors. Colors can sometimes be an issue when…you're creating interactive PDFs. For example, I'm going to go over here to…the Swatches panel and we can see that this document was created primarily using…
- 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.