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My interactive pdf brochure thinks it's a form

Jul 9, 2013 10:11 PM

Tags: #pdf #forms #buttons #indesign #acrobat_x_pro #pdf_form #adobe_reader_x

I've created an interactive e-brochure using InDesign.


There's a navigation menu on each page with button links to each of the other pages. (set on the master page to repeat on each page)


Apparently more than 100 buttons makes Acrobat assume the document is a form and invites the viewer to complete the form. How do I remove this message for viewers of my document?



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    Jul 10, 2013 12:29 AM   in reply to GoMediaDesign screen name

    There seems to be a department in Adobe dedicated to putting messages that might be helpful in the status bar. Most recently and notoriously, if the document contains the word SIGN there is a note about signing it.


    This department doesn't seem to be subject to any checks or balances about the harm done when the messages are not appropriate, and do not seem to have any interest in removing inappropriate messages, or giving creators control.



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    Jul 10, 2013 12:54 AM   in reply to GoMediaDesign screen name

    Even a single button will cause that annoying purple message bar to appear,

    and there's nothing much you can do to remove it, except by certifying the



    And I totally agree with TSN. Those responsible for these features should

    be reprimanded and these "features" should be rolled-back. Let the users

    choose if they want to be informed of such things or not, or at the very

    least give them an option to disable them for good.



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    Jul 10, 2013 4:52 PM   in reply to GoMediaDesign screen name

    If all you have are buttons, you can prevent this message by setting up security restrictions so that form filling is not allowed. The buttons will still work as expected.

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