Animations in a PDF!

animation2InDesign’s animation features are fun and easy to use. But they’re one of a couple of InDesign’s interactive features that don’t export directly to PDF (Object States is another). However, if you’re creating a PDF that will primarily be viewed on computer screens and not on tablet devices, you can use this workaround that lets you include simple animations in your PDF files.

We mention this workaround on page 250 of our book, but we’ll expand on it here with more detail. Continue reading

Art Space Tokyo from Print to Digital: One Publisher’s Story

Digital Art Tokyo on devicesOne of the most common questions we hear from publishers is: how do I get my book(s) on to the iPad and Kindle? That is, after all, the question of the day, and one reason we wrote our book for InDesign users. Taken from another perspective, here is the story of one publisher’s experience. Craig Mod, writer, story-teller, and bi-coastal California/Japan resident has written an insightful essay on publishing Art Space Tokyo for digital consumption. The bonus sidebar includes an InDesign how-to from ePub Meister Ron Bilodeau.

Importing a list of items for list boxes and combo boxes

How to import items for list boxes and combo boxes

At the most recent NY InDesign User Group meeting, an exciting event occured.

Fresh from writing about forms in our book, I demonstrated the long-requested PDF form tools for InDesign.

I showed how easy it is to add form fields such as radio buttons, text fields, and combo boxes. But I had to mention that you can’t import a list of items into a list or combo box. The user has to manually type each entry. Continue reading

Acrobat XI Released with Good News for Reader Users

Acrobat XI has been released and with it a new version of Adobe Reader.

There are quite a few exciting new features in Acrobat XI Pro such as easier editing and converting PDF files to PowerPoint.

But the big news for PDF creators is that the new Adobe Reader application allows someone to save form data and comments without the document first being set for “Enable Reader Rights.” Continue reading

InDesign CS6 8.0.1 Update: Good News for ePub and Interactive PDF

InDesign Update logoAdobe released InDesign CS6 8.01 update today, with a long list of bug fixes. Included in this release are a number of fixes that affect PDF and ePub export.  For Interactive PDFs, a nasty bug that sometimes caused buttons on master pages to not work has been fixed. And for ePubs, some of the code produced by InDesign export is cleaned up, so there’s a bit less work to do after. The ePub fixes include:  Continue reading