10 Replies Latest reply on Jun 28, 2013 6:34 AM by iiiian

    Invisible radio buttons

    GraphicsGeezer Level 1

      When I export an Indesign doc to PDF everything works fine but if fields are not highlighted the radio buttons are invisible. Is there any way to export these buttons from In Design as visible. Otherwise I have to laboriously select every button on the PDF and change their borders to black to make them visible.

        • 1. Re: Invisible radio buttons
          Michael Witherell Adobe Community Professional

          How did you build the radio buttons?

          What export to PDF settings are you using?

          • 2. Re: Invisible radio buttons
            GraphicsGeezer Level 1

            As per the tutorial somewhere on this incomprehensibly complicated website. I built them in InDesign 6 with a rectangle frame tool and used the Buttons & Forms palettet to convert them to radio buttons, then exported the whole thing as an interactive PDF to Acrobat.


            It doesn't seem like much of a problem until you have dozens of radio buttons, which you've converted to show borders and then realize you need to fix something in InDesign and will have to re-export the PDF again.

            • 3. Re: Invisible radio buttons
              Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              By default, out of InDesign CS6, radio buttons should be visible.


              Below is a sample form I built from CS6 and you can see the radio buttons.




              I'd suggest restoring your InDesign preferences and see if that helps.


              Here are instructions for restoring preferences:


              • 4. Re: Invisible radio buttons

                I'm having the exact same problem. Weird thing is that they were working and now they are not. I worked on them on my work computer, and then on my home computer and that's when the problem started occuring.


                I restored preferences, just created a new document to text it, and it still doesn't work.


                The buttons are visible if the 'highlight existing fields' or whatever is selected but not if they are not. And they don't print as visible.


                They are visible in Apple Preview though.

                • 5. Re: Invisible radio buttons
                  iiiian Level 1

                  For example, this is what it looks like without 'Highlight Existing Fields':


                  Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 4.28.03 PM.jpg

                  And this is it with 'Highlight Existing Fields':

                  Screen Shot 2013-02-19 at 4.28.12 PM.jpg

                  So it does appear, but it doesn't print with the buttons enabled.


                  It's so weird because it did work before. I reexport forms that did work and they don't have the radio buttons show up.

                  • 6. Re: Invisible radio buttons
                    Steve Werner Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                    Have you tried restoring your InDesign preferences? I usually think of this when something has worked before, but strangely doesn't seem to work again.


                    Here's how to do it:


                    • 7. Re: Invisible radio buttons
                      iiiian Level 1

                      Yes, I tried that but same thing happened.

                      • 8. Re: Invisible radio buttons
                        iiiian Level 1

                        It appears that if I open the PDF in Acrobat, click on the radio button and access Properties, I have to change the border color from nothing to something and it is then visible. I have no idea why it exports like this from InDesign or how I can fix it, but at least I have a solution, though it is an awkward one.

                        • 9. Re: Invisible radio buttons



                          I'm also experiencing this problem. If 'Highlight Existing Fields' is off in Acrobat, I can't see the outline of the radio buttons. The above Acrobat>Radio Button>Properties workaround renders them visible, but the form I'm working on has around 30+ buttons, making it a very time consuming 'solution'.


                          Is this a bug, or simply how the form fields work in InDesign CS6? After waiting so long for form field creation tools in InDesign, it would be very frustrating if  we still have to go in and change  individual properties in Acrobat every time we want a form to work/look correct.

                          • 10. Re: Invisible radio buttons
                            iiiian Level 1

                            Yeah, that's exactly what I have to do. At least you can shift-select elements so you can change all properties at once. But yeah, big pain.