Are you saying someone expected you to convert a PDF to an InDesign document, edit it, and then create a press ready PDF along with an interactive version and provided you with no training?
That about sums it up...
they tell me ID can do that.
Ugh...in some companies, that is training.
Don't take this the wrong way David, but of course ID can't do anything. PDF2ID conversions can be sketchy in the hands of the experienced. The same can be said of properly preparing matials for print. As Bob has already alluded, you're in an unfair position there. It's not uncommon for "management" types to just throw some sophisticated tools at a need and expect someone to make it work. In order to do what's being asked of you, you'll have to learn a fair bit about InDesign and production. It's too soon to ask about the output when you haven't learned to manage the input.
Thanks John & Bob,
I guess for now I could just concentrate on making the hypertext work so I can replace the online pdf booklets with working links for smartphones (if the pdf export in general can be tweaked). I have time to consider print production.
First, you'd need to confirm that the hyperlinks are preserved in the InDesign file. Select some text that should be hyperlinked and check the Hyperlinks panel.
Then, in ID CS5's PDF Export dialog, be sure something to the effect of "Include Interactive Elements" is selected. (I never had ID 5 so I can't say for sure how the option is presented.)