Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Presenting a PDF, part of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
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InDesign has had the ability to export PDFs from its very first version. When most people think of PDFs they think of print, but they are also wonderful for presentations. If you are going to be giving a presentation from a PDF, you have to be sure that you are using the free Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro. To download a free copy of the Adobe Reader, you can visit Adobe's web site. When you are giving a presentation inside Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro, you should begin by going to the View menu and going to full screen. You can also hit the keyboard shortcut Command+L on the Mac or Ctrl+L on the PC. To navigate inside the PDF, we can use the navigation buttons that we created inside InDesign.
We can also click our mouse anywhere on the page to go forward and right-click to go backward. The Arrow keys on the keyboard will let us go forward with the Right Arrow key or down arrow. We can press the Up Arrow key or Left Arrow key to go backward. The End button brings us to the end of our presentation. The Home button brings us to the beginning of a presentation. When you finish with the presentation, you can hit Escape to leave. Not all PDF programs will honor the effects and buttons inside a presentation. Remember that you need to use Acrobat Pro or Adobe Reader for your presentation to ensure that your effects will work.
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