Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Setting rollover states, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
One of the most commonly requested interactive behaviors I hear people asking…for is, how do I make an object appear or disappear on the page?…For example, I have three pieces of art in this document: one on my page, and then a…couple out here on the Paste board. I'll just drag those on.…Now, you can see that these are actually groups of objects.…I've grouped the image with a caption, so, it'll act as a single object.…But I only want one of these to be visible at a time.…The other pieces of art should be hidden until I click on one of these buttons…along the left edge here. Now, this seems impossible to do in…InDesign until you learn one really simple trick.…
You need to turn all of these objects into buttons.…InDesign can only hide and show another button.…So, I'm going to select all of these objects.…I'll just drag a marquee with a Selection tool over all of these text frames and…these groups, then I'll head over to my Buttons and Forms panel, and I'll click on…the Mega Button button. Now, each one of those objects, the groups…
- 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.