In Indesign, for a checkbox, you can define the On, Off and Rollover visual state of a checkbox. In Acrobat, there is a property for the checkbox called "Check Box Style". This property controls the way a checkbox looks once the box is checked and user moves on to do other things within the PDF. The "On" state that you set in Indesign, only controls how the box looks during the action of clicking it. Your Clicked (no focus) shows the "Check Box Style" state. You can change this appearance to: Check, Circle, Square, Cross, Diamond and Star, but unfortunately can not modify the visual look of the check mark.
It's not exactly the answer I was hoping for, but I can work with it. I've managed to adjust the size and the colour of the checkmark, which makes the mark a lot more subtle.
So essentially it is pointless to build a interactive form in indesign anymore. This is ridiculous, now if the original document needs to be changed we have to change it and manually add all the fields in if we want any customization such as color.
I totally disagree, degan27. You will still have to layout your form. It's mindbogglingly difficult to do in Acrobat Pro itself.
You could use Microsoft Word, but why not use the program you already know? While you have to touch up a few things in Acrobat Pro, it still is the best way to go.
All due respect but it does seem ridiculous that form creation with InDesign CC is a two-step and two program process (InDesign to Acrobat). The form creation in InDesign should either export to PDF exactly as designed or, really, what is the point? Obviously, once again (or should I say as usual) Adobe has released InDesign CC before the details have been worked out. Leaving all of us to add more steps to our workflow. Call it what it is, don't "sugar-coat" it or make excuses. I just hope that it is worked out in the next iteration of InDesign.
There are a ton of features that could be added to InDesign. I'd love much of what you'd like to add but there are literally thousands of feature requests. You can post yours to the place where the product managers will see it, here:
Thanks Steve, for the additional info. But you'd have to agree with BlindCatMedia, InDesign gives you the possibility to add certain custom shaped interactions to your form, but when exported to PDF this all is discarded. This wouldn't be so bad if Acrobat gives you the same possibilities, but it doesn't. This means that I promised my client a certain look-and-feel, but the end-result will differ. On top of that, because of the fact that I can't manage the whole workflow in one single program (InDesign) I have to prepare my client for 8 hours of extra work if there is a correction to the content after I added all the interactions in Acrobat. (Fortunately, they agreed on this, but it's not a very friendly customer approach). What's your opinion on this?
By the way, thanks for the discussion everyone!
If you need to change the artwork after you've done the interactivity changes in Acrobat, just export the PDF again use the replace pages feature in Acrobat. I wrote about it years ago: https://indesignsecrets.com/designing-forms-with-indesign-acrobats-replace-pages-feature-i s-at-your-service.php
Haven't tried it in quite a while since I haven't needed to but it should still help.