Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Navigation buttons, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
If you're familiar with hyperlinks and HTML, you know that they can look…different depending on their state. For example, they'll have one look most of…the time and a different look when you move your cursor over them called a hover…or roll over state. The buttons are similar, each button can…have up to three different looks. For example, this Portfolio button, one of…our navigation buttons, looks like this normally, it's just white.…But as soon as I place my cursor over it, it changes to purple.…That's the rollover state. When I click down on it, you'll see that…it highlights. I'm holding the Mouse button down right…now so you can see that it's highlighting. Then I'll let go of the Mouse button and…you'll see that it goes back to its rollover state.…
Move my cursor away, and it goes back to its normal state.…You'll also see this dotted line around the button.…That's called having the focus on the button.…Whenever you click on a button, it puts the focus on it.…This is an accessibility feature for people who can't use the mouse and need to…
- 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.