If I'm reading this correctly, you're making a mistaken assumption. You're assuming that if you have a PDF with interactivity, that when you place it in InDesign it will retain its interactivity. That is false. This workflow will not work. InDesign does NOT read interactivity when it places a PDF file.
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@madmudskipper959 – do the assembling of the single PDF files in Acrobat Pro:
Example (Acrobat Pro 9):
File / Create PDF / Merge Files into a single PDF…
File / Combine / Merge Files into a single PDF…
Explanation: placed PDFs in InDesign will not retain all interactive contents when exported again.
thanks guys for your fast response, looks like i have some merging to do..lol
Guys one more question, is there a way to place (or float it on a layer) a pdf file that is A5 in size on to a pdf page that's A3 in size?
What i'm trying to do is place advert in pdf format into a pdf page which already has text around it and then save as new pdf file it so it keeps the interactivity. thanks
No, you cannot do that in Acrobat.
You would have to open the A3 file in InDesign (losing its interactivity), place the A5 file. Then recreate the interactivity, and export a PDF file from InDesign.
@Steve – I'm not so sure about that.
At least the OP could experiment with Acrobat Pro's "Import as Layer" function.
With "Import as Layer" you could import another PDF to a new layer.
But I don't know if all the interactivity will stay in place and will be working.
Did not test that yet.
See the screen where I did layer two different PDFs together. A German version and an English version of the same document:
"Import as Layer" is an option in the Layers at the sidebar of Acrobat Pro.
As you can see there are some options for positioning with "Manual positioning".
Acrobat Pro's Layers with options:
It's possible, Uwe, but I've never heard of interactivity being preserved. And the Acrobat interface for Import as Layer is very archane. Much easier to do in InDesign.