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Bruin \'80
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Scroll bar for an interactive PDF viewed on a computer

Feb 25, 2013 7:51 AM

I'm desperately in need of a scroll bar in my interactive PDFs so that I don't have use another page for content that won't fit on a page. I downloaded the trial version of CS6 including the download for the overlay function so that I can use the Scrollable Frame feature only to find out that it only work for DPS, not interactive PDFs that are viewed on a computer. Is there anyway to incorporate a scroll bar feature into an interactive PDF?

 
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    Feb 25, 2013 7:59 AM   in reply to Bruin \'80

    AFAIK only way to do that is to create some kind of scroller in Flash and place it into InDesign as SWF.

     
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    Feb 25, 2013 8:06 AM   in reply to Bruin \'80

    Keep in mind that SWF won't work on most mobile devices.

     

    I suggest you find a different way to handle this.

     

    Bob

     
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    Feb 25, 2013 8:10 AM   in reply to Bruin \'80

    Bruin \'80 wrote:

     

    I'm desperately in need of a scroll bar in my interactive PDFs so that I don't have use another page for content that won't fit on a page.

     

    I've never seen a PDF with a scrollbar. (One inside the PDF, to be exact. )

     

    But you can make a single page as large as you want and have the PDF viewer of the user provide a scrollbar.

     
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    Feb 26, 2013 5:07 AM   in reply to Bruin \'80

    PDF (Portable Document Format) used to be a proprietary standard developed by Adobe Systems. A few years ago, they decided to make it an international standard, no longer proprietary: ISO 32000.

     

    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/pdf/pdf_reference.edu.html

     

    International standards are managed by standards organizations which meet with a committee structure. As such, they are slower to adapt to new techologies.

     

    By contrast, Adobe Digital Publishing Suite, it an active, rapidly-changing, PROPRIETARY set of applications and cloud-based services.

     

    Both models have their advantages and disadvantages.

     
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    Feb 26, 2013 7:49 AM   in reply to Bruin \'80

    CS5 does support multiple page sizes.

     

    Bob

     
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