I would like to know how easy is to take a folio and copy-paste pages in one document to make it an interactive pdf to open in computer/laptop.
Would all the overlay creator tools work?
Obviously it would not have horizontal and vertical modes, it would be only horizontal or only vertical in the interactive pdf.
Any experience in this?
Just recently, I was asked to produce both an iPad app and an interactive pdf sharing the same content. Interactivity would include custom navigation, some promotional movie material, and a couple of PowerPoint (ghrr!) presentations.
I designed the magazine as InDesign book (.indb) where every document (chapter) was one DPS article. Above normal layers I added two special ones: "DPS" and "PDF". I used each of them to carry only the interactive items relevant to each rechnology. E.g. navigational buttons shared the same looks but used different interactivity in their actions: for DPS – navto:// convention, and for PDF – go to page.
Other tweaking included reopening PowerPoint presentations in Keynote to make enhancements in graphs and transitions, and finally to export the presentations as movies.
Thanks to the book structucure i was able to export whole job to interactive pdf in one go, while each document was added as an article to a folio in DPS.
Whole thing was made in landscape orientation. Actually it worked fine, and the differences between the iPad version and downloaded pdf one were minimal. I have also created a third version, with swipe-page swf effect to be pasted on customer site.
I am away from my studio now, and have no access to project files.
I'll try to make some some screenshots of the InDesign documents during the coming week.
The DPS version was not published in iTunes, it was shared via acrobat.com.
Tomasz -- I'm a college professor using the DPS tools for the school magazine with a class. We would very much like to know the details of your interactive pdf conversion method, as not that many of the students have an iPad yet. Please put me on your mailing list! Beth (aka Martha)
I am also very interested in learning your techniques!
If you have anything please send it my way!! Either way looking forward to reading your advices here!!
I just created a multi-state object in a file, and when I preview it in folio mode it looks and works smoothly, but when saved in PDF interactive the buttons dont do anything at all, they dont activate different states (images)
Cant wait to learn how to export it properly to get that working!!
I am afraid thay you ( and gnusart & vividi) might get dissapointed.
Only some of the interactive features can be shared between DPS and PDF. Multiple State Objects can not. I have built a quasi-magazine which shared custom button navigation, external (web) links, video and audio between DPS and PDF. Testing the swf export, I also made a flipbook web version, but here again, the interactive features remained limited to the mentioned above.
The fun was in working with a single set of Indesign files to produce all versions.
I'll echo Tomasz' comments. Basic navigation buttons can stay the same - depending on how you built them of course. What I will often do for slideshows is rebuild the buttons for the PDF version using the show/hide command trick if I'm trying to do a slideshow or something.
The problem with this, however, is that the LATEST VERSION OF ACROBAT IS BROKEN. The two issues that need to be fixed, which I've already commented on in other forums and sent bug reports, are:
1. Rollover button state for PDFs is broken. It will only briefly flash whatever you've got as your rollover state, then go back to the original state. bleh.
2. WIth the show/hide feature, many times when you get to a page in which you've got several images as your slideshow, the image meant to be seen first is blank. There's nothing there. You have to manually click the corresponding button or another in order for anything on the screen to actually appear.
#1 has been going on since 10.1.1
#2 has been going on for at least 2 versions prior.
So far Adobe hasn't commented on either issue formally, and there's a real lack of complaints around the web in general. This leads me to think that people either don't care or interactive PDFs aren't that common or both. I create an enormous about of interactive PDFs, and always have to explain to clients what the 2 issues are...
I'm hoping that Adobe will soon release the web based viewer for DPS (or...even better...a proper desktop viewer) so that I can migrate away from PDFs altogether. I get the impression that interactive PDFs are really going to be like Flash - a dying platform.
The Saints has released its PDFtoTablet service for Adobe DPS users. The PDF is converted into a Folio file and automatically uploaded into the DPS account. It contains the following features:
Send an e-mail for more information to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will provide you with pricing details and a test account.
Hi Tomaz -- I'm the college professor still working with students who mostly don't own iPads. I did not try to use your folio-to-interactive pdf method previously since we do a lot of multistate objects. I'm wondering if the newer tools and pdf format option for articles offer new opportunities to do this.
I've created our most recent app with the old jpg/png format because we couldn't preview them in a desktop Viewer while multiple students worked on them. I now want to remake that folio in pdf and explore other output options. Any advice? New export instructions?