Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video Understanding buttons, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
Hyperlinks are one sort of interactive hot spot in a PDF.…That is they do something when you click or tap them.…But there's another kind of interactive hot spot too, buttons.…Now buttons are good for navigation. Letting people jump from one page to the…next for example, but hyperlinks can do that too.…But you can use Buttons to do even more than hyperlinks.…A button could start a movie playing, for example, or submit a form, or control the…visibility of images or text on your page. You can make just about any object on your…InDesign page into a button. Pictures can be buttons, text frames,…lines, really anything. And making buttons in InDesign is a one…click deal. For example, I want this text frame up…here, this one that says contact, to be a button that takes me to the third page,…the contact page of this document. I can tell by the dotted line around that…text frame that that object is on a master page.…
So I'm going to go to my Pages panel and I'm going to double click on A Master.…Now I can select it and do stuff to that frame.…
- 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.