Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Previewing interactive PDFs, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
I'm going to do something unusual here. I'm going to jump to the end of the…process and talk about how to preview and export interactive documents, even before…I talk about how to make them. While that offends my own delicate logical…sensibilities, it is important that you understand how previewing and exporting…works before you get too far. After all, you're going to want to test…these features as we go along. There are a number of ways to preview your…InDesign document to get a better sense of your page design.…For example, the Preview mode that you probably already know about.…Just press the W key, and now, it hides everything that's non-printing.…
And that's nice. Or maybe the Presentation mode, which is…Shift+W key, and it takes over the entire screen.…But the problem with presentation and preview mode is that they're not interactive.…You won't get any sense of interactivity in these modes.…So, this isn't really going to help us right now.…I'll press the Escape key to jump out of Preview mode, and then hit the W key 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.