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Adobe InDesign CS5 on Demand: Creating an Interactive Document

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Instead of creating a document just for printing, you can now create an interactive document with hyperlinks, bookmarks, and buttons for presentations. This chapter from Adobe InDesign CS5 on Demand shows you how.
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This chapter is from the book

Introduction

In the past, desktop publishing was exclusively considered a print-based medium. However, with the introduction and popularity of the PDF (Portable Document Format) file format and the Adobe Reader as well as the SWF (ShockWave Flash) file format and the Adobe Flash Player, interactive documents are more popular than ever. Instead of creating a document just for printing, you can now create an interactive document with hyperlinks, bookmarks, and buttons for presentations. You can even add animation using motion presets, page transitions, such as a wipe or dissolve, when you turn a page and insert sounds and videos into an InDesign document in addition to graphics.

With the Hyperlinks panel, you can create hyperlinks that navigate to external URLs, link to files with supplemental information, launch an e-mail client, or jump to a page or section of a page within the same or even a different document. You can also verify your hyperlinks directly in InDesign with no need to export the document to a PDF or Flash (SWF) file for testing.

The Buttons panel is a centralized place to work with interactive buttons in InDesign. The Buttons panel makes it easy to create interactive buttons that perform actions when the document is exported to Flash (SWF file) or Acrobat (PDF). You can create a custom button from a selected object in an InDesign document or select a button from the built-in Samples button library. When you create an interactive button, you can add events and actions to enable navigation within a document, launch a movie, play a sound, or open a Web page.

When you’re finished with your interactive document, you can use the Preview panel to view animation and interactivity for the current selection, current spread, or the entire document.

Defining Hyperlink Destinations

A hyperlink is a text or graphic object that is linked to other parts of the document, other documents, or Web pages. A hyperlink consists of a source and a destination. The source is the text or graphic object that you click to jump to the hyperlink location while the destination is the place that InDesign sends you to. The destination can be in the same document, another document, an e-mail message, or a Web page on the Internet. You need to define a destination before you can define the source.

Create a Hyperlink Destination

  • blue1-circle.jpg Select the Hyperlinks panel.
    • Click the Window menu, point to Interactive, and then click Hyperlinks.
  • blue2-circle.jpg Click the Options menu, and then click New Hyperlink Destination.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Click the Type list arrow, and then select a hyperlink type:
    • Page. Creates a link to a page in the same document.

    • Text Anchor. Creates a link to a selected area of text.

    • URL. Creates a link to a Web page on the Internet.

  • blue4-circle.jpg Specify the options related to the hyperlink type; options vary depending on the type.
    • For a Page. Specify a page name, page number, and zoom setting.

    • For a Text Anchor. Specify a name for the anchor.

    • For an URL. Specify a name and address for the URL (Uniform Resource Locator).

  • blue5-circle.jpg Click OK.

Edit or Delete a Hyperlink Destination

  • blue1-circle.jpg Select the Hyperlinks panel.
    • Click the Window menu, point to Interactive, and then click Hyperlinks.
  • blue2-circle.jpg Click the Options menu, and then click Hyperlink Destination Options.
  • blue3-circle.jpg Click the Destination list arrow, and then select a destination.
  • blue4-circle.jpg Click Edit or Delete.
  • blue5-circle.jpg If editing, make the changes you want for the destination.
  • blue6-circle.jpg Click OK.
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