Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Page and anchor links, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
…In the last movie I talked about making hyperlinks that…point outside your document, such as URLs, and email links.…Now let's talk about navigation, that is…hyperlinks that take you somewhere inside your PDF.…These are called page links and anchor links.…Creating page and anchor links turns out to be super…important, when it comes to reading PDFs on a tablet.…Most people who make interactive PDFs use buttons to…navigate from one page to another, and I'll be talking…about buttons in a later chapter.…But unfortunately, buttons are not reliable on tablets, so I…generally recommend that people use…hyperlinks instead, which almost always work.…
Before we make our first page or anchor link, I want to…point out that if you've already used InDesign's table of contents feature…or the index feature or the cross references, all of those page…numbers are automatically turned into hyperlink's…for you when you export your PDF.…For example,…I have my interactive catalog open here and I'm going to press Shift +…page down a couple of times to see my table of contents page.…
- 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.