Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Links to URLs and mail addresses, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
…The simplest kind of interactivity is a hyperlink.…A hot spot in your document that takes you somewhere.…But how do you make hyperlinks?…Well, the hyperlinks panel of course.…I have the hyperlinks panel right here in my dock.…So I can just click on it to open it.…But if you don't have it in your dock, you can always go to the Window menu.…Choose the interactive sub menu and then choose hyperlinks.…But, before I go ahead and make a hyperlink, I want…to point out that sometimes you don't need to make hyperlinks in your PDF.…For example, if there are very obvious URLs in your document,…something that has a http:// before it, or maybe even just…www before it In those cases, Adobe Acrobat for the desktop…can usually see those and convert them into hyperlinks for you.…
However, when it comes to URLs for this one, that don't have a www…before them.…Well, in that case, you need to make your own hyperlinks here on InDesign.…And actually, none of the tablet PDF readers that I've…tried, seem to convert URLs into hyperlinks on the fly.…
- 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.