Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Duplicating buttons for smaller file size, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
In an earlier chapter I talked about making navigation buttons, buttons that…you can click to jump from one place to another.…While these buttons sometimes don't work in some tablet PDF readers, buttons are…still a really important way to let your audience jump from one page to another.…But there's a secret side to buttons. Each button that you include adds a little…bit to your PDF's file size. Even if you put your buttons on a master…page, InDesign creates a new button for every page.…So, if you're trying to keep your file size down, that can be a problem.…
Here's a quick trick that I often use on longer documents with a lot of buttons,…like in InDesign magazine. Instead of putting my buttons on a master…page or on every page, I only put them on the first page.…Here in this interactive catalog file from the Exercise Files folder, you'll see that…I've put each button right on the first page, but they do not appear on the second…page or any other pages. Instead of taking the time right now to…export this PDF, I've already created it on the desktop, and I'll just switch over…
- 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.