Join David Blatner for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before starting this course, part of InDesign: Interactive PDFs (2013).
In this title, I'm going to move relatively quickly. Focusing just on InDesign's interactive features, and what you need to know to create and export interactive PDF files. But before we jump in, I need to explain that I'm assuming you know InDesign at least reasonably well already. You need to know how to put text and graphics on a page, what master pages are, how to put stuff on layers and so on. If you're new to InDesign, I strongly recommend that you take a look at my title called InDesign Essential Training here in the online training library. You might even want to review my title, InDesign Insider Training: Beyond the Essentials.
These will give you the foundations to really excel in this course. Without further ado, let's dive in to InDesign Insider Training interactive PDFs.
- 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.