It sounds like I’m exaggerating doesn’t it?
Almost none of the interactivity in an interactive PDF actually works, even in Adobe Acrobat and Adobe Reader.
What doesn’t work in a PDF
Here’s a list of things that you can create with InDesign that don’t work in a PDF:
- Animated GIFs
- Multi-State Objects
- Embedded HTML content (like YouTube videos)
- Button actions related to several of the above items
- Scrollable Frames
- Custom page transitions (like flipbook pages)
*Video was supported previously in Acrobat and Adobe Reader, but it was dependent on the Flash Player (which no longer comes bundled with the Adobe apps).
The introduction of smartphones and tablets—almost none of which now support Flash—and a slew of new PDF readers, essentially guarantee that interactive PDF features will not work when your clients view your PDFs.
To see the breakdown of an interactive PDF in action, and to get a sneak peek at the solutions that I describe below, you can watch the following video.
I often get asked about accessibility and 508 compliance.
In this article, I’m going to demystify this topic by doing the following.
- Explain accessibility and 508 compliance in simple, straightforward terms
- Provide some general strategies for improving accessibility in your HTML content
- Provide some specific strategies for exporting accessible, 508 compliant HTML from InDesign using in5
There are several great tools for testing mobile layouts.
The iOS and Android Simulators can test almost every aspect necessary, without actually needing a device.
Browserstack is a subscription service that lets you test all kinds of devices, browsers, and operating systems.
However, sometimes the power that these systems offer is overkill, and I just need a quick way to test a mobile layout.
The Quickest Way to Test a Mobile Layout
Enter Chrome Device emulation.
Device emulation is part of the Chrome Developer Tools. All you need is the Google Chrome web browser.
You can learn more about the Developer Tools, including how to use them as a designer in this free email course.
There are 2 important parts to testing mobile layout.
- The viewport meta tag—this controls document scaling on mobile devices.
- The CSS media queries—these are rules that control how the design changes on different screens.
The emulator also simulates touch events, touch scrolling, and device orientation.
This is a guest post by Sandee Cohen, adapted from Digital Publishing with Adobe InDesign CC by Sandee Cohen and Diane Burns. This article highlights the methods for adding interactivity to an InDesign document.
Types of interactive elements that can be added to InDesign documents
- Links: Hyperlinks, Cross-references, Table of Contents
- Audio/video files
- Multi-state objects
- Page transitions
Each has its own particular uses, and some of the features may overlap. Before you start work, you need to decide which type of interactive element is right for your job or you could be stuck with an effect that can’t be exported for your finished project.
Adobe InDesign is full of wonderful interactive capabilities. The DPS Overlays panel adds several additional options, such as scrolling frames.
While this extra interactivity is supported by DPS, as well as our tool—in5 (InDesign to HTML5)—it’s not supported by InDesign’s native export formats: ePUB, HTML, and Publish Online.
In looking for ways for add this interactivity for all formats, I heard from many people that scrolling frames were a high priority.