Publish Online makes it very easy to publish interactive documents from InDesign to the internet. But what happens when you need to make a change? You can’t edit a Publish Online document, but you can update it by exporting a fresh version from InDesign, as shown in this video. The example shown demonstrates how to fix problems with animated objects that can occur when the option to allow PDF downloads is enabled.
- [Narrator] Publish Online makes it very easy to publish interactive documents from InDesign to the internet, but what happens when you need to make a change? You can't edit a Publish Online document, but you can update it by exporting a fresh version from InDesign. So let's see how that works. Here in our exercise file we have the travel guide to the Okefenokee Swamp, and in an earlier movie we noticed some problems with the PDF version of the document that were related to animations and the settings in the PDF preset that we used.
So let's see if we can improve the PDF by tweaking some of the things here in InDesign and then updating the Publish Online document. So let's go to page four. And here, this is what the PDF page will look like because the illustration of the alligator is large to start with and overlaps our other page elements. So let's select it and go to the animation panel, and preview. Select just this page to preview, and play the preview. So our gator fades in and shrinks down to the lower-left, down to 40% of its original size.
So let's change this animation so its static appearance here on the page is small and down on the left. So with the gator image selected, in the animation panel, I'll show properties, and then I'll use the control panel to set the reference point to the bottom left and scale this gator down to 40% of its original size. Enter 40, make sure proportions are constrained, and press return or enter. In the animation panel, let's go to the properties section and change "animate from current appearance" to "to current appearance." In effect, to make the animation that was set up, play it backwards, and since it's playing backwards we need to reverse our other settings, too, like the scale.
We need to make this two and a half times larger to match that initial size it had before we scaled the picture down. So I'll enter 250% in width and height. I also have to change the opacity setting. I can't use the one from the preset. What I want is for the gator to fade in and then end up at full opacity. But remember, everything is reversed because we're using the "to current appearance" option, so to make the gator fade in, I actually have to choose fade out.
It sounds crazy, but let's preview and see what we get. And that's not bad. Pretty close to the original effect. Okay, let's export this to Publish Online and update our existing document. I'll click the Publish Online button in the application bar and in the dialog box I'll select update an existing document. From the list, I'll choose Southern Travelist. In the advanced settings, I'll choose our new Publish Online PDF download preset that we created in a previous movie, and click publish.
I'll click OK to confirm. And when the upload is done I'll click to view the document. Looks good. Let's go to page four. And our animated gator looks okay. Now I'll download the PDF and check it out. I'll zoom out a little to see the whole page, scroll down, and on the second page here, we have our static versions of the buttons and the multi-state object, and on page four, things look good, thanks to the changes we made in our gator animation.
So here we saw how to update a Publish Online document and in the process we improved the appearance of the PDF version that readers can download. One very important and very good thing to note is that when you update a Publish Online document the URL used for sharing remains the same, so you don't have to worry about breaking links or sending new URLs to your audience.
- Overview of interactive document types, including PDF and EPUB
- Creating interactive objects
- Setting up hyperlinks, cross-references, and a table of contents
- Working with media
- Publishing documents with Publish Online
- Creating EPUBs
- Following workflows for interactivity: interactive PDF, reflowable EPUB, and fixed-layout EPUB