Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Exercise files, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs.
- [Instructor] Before we jump in and start learning about InDesign's interactive PDF features, let me say a quick word about the files that you'll see me using. If you have access to the exercise files for this course, you can download them to your desktop. The files have been broken down into chapters. If you're following along, it's important to open the correct file for each chapter. Many of these files have the same or similar name, but are in fact significantly different, in order to show off or discuss particular features in the program.
To open a document, simply double click on it. I should point out that if you're using an older version of InDesign than I am, you might have trouble opening my files. In that case, open the IDML folder, and then double click on the IDML version of the file instead. In this case though, I'm going to double click on the InDesign file. If you see a dialog box that appears that says there are modified links, then go ahead and click Update Links, but if the message says that the links are missing, then you can click Don't Update Links, because those files probably aren't necessary for this particular exercise.
You may also see a dialog box that says you're missing fonts. If you want, you can use the find font feature to replace them with fonts that you have on your system. If you're an Adobe CC subscriber, and you have the Creative Cloud app running, you can sync all of these fonts with Typekit. One more thing about these files, at the end of each movie, as I've moved things or changed it, you should go to the File menu and then choose Revert. That's what I do. So, you'll see a nice, clean file at the beginning of each movie, and the reason I do this is that so 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.
On the other hand, if you don't have access to these files, you can still learn by either just watching what I do or by following along using your own text and image files.
- Exporting interactive PDFs
- Inserting hyperlinks, bookmarks, and buttons
- Building interactive forms
- Adding text and list fields
- Adding multimedia such as sound and video
- Creating page transitions
- Working with animations and Flash