Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Exporting interactive PDFs from InDesign, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
As I said in the last movie, the best way to preview your interactive PDF files is…to look at them in Acrobat, whether you're just testing how something works or…creating your final document to distribute to the world, it's crucial that you…understand the process of exporting interactive PDF's.…There's actually two kinds of interactive documents, and you export them slightly differently.…This document is a simple file. It's just a layout, and it has a couple of…hyperlinks in it. This word over here has a hyperlink on it,…and this logo in the lower left corner has a hyperlink attached to it.…
I'll explain how to make these hyperlinks in a later chapter, but for right now,…just believe me, there's links attached to them.…So there's nothing fancy about this document.…I just expect somebody's going to open the PDF, read it, and maybe they'll print it…on their desktop printer. So to export this PDF I'm going to go to…the File menu, choose Export, and then from the format popup menu I'm going to…choose Adobe PDF Print. Now you'll notice there's two different…
- 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.