Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
Before I start showing you InDesign's interactive PDF features. Let me say a quick word about the exercise files available for you to use. If you are a premium member of the online training library, you have access to the exercise files that I'm going to be using throughout this training. The files have been broken down into chapters. And if you're following along, it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. Each folder has its own set of files, sometimes with the same names. But these files are, in fact, different in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program.
To open this document, just double click on it. If you see a dialogue box like this one that says there's missing links, go ahead and click OK, because those files aren't necessary for this particular exercise. Or, if it says that there are modified links you can click Update. And if you see a dialog box saying that you're missing fonts, you can go ahead and replace them with fonts that you have on your system. Now, one more thing about these files, at the end of each movie after we've moved objects around or changed text or whatever, you should go to the file menu and choose Revert. That's what I do, so you'll always see a nice clean file at the beginning of each movie.
The reason I do this, is so that you can jump right to any movie you want, even if it's in the middle of a chapter and you won't be lost. Now, on the other hand, if you don't have access to the exercise files, you can still learn by either just watching what I do, or by following along using your own text and image assets.
- 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.