Thank you Derek. I suspected as such.
The only way would be to create another publication that has a 1 column layout or however it is you want it to look.
Once one is signed off.
Best thing would be to use Object Styles for the text frames, or have a text frame on the master page.
Change it in the Style or on the master page to change throughout.
In Acrobat Pro:
You could use the Article Tool of Acrobat to create the article flow.
Using the Hand Tool you can follow the reading order of the columns.
A small down arrow in the Hand Tool is indicating the presence of an article.
Use the alt key (Mac OSX) to go back in the flow. The down arrow will change to an up arrow inside the hand icon.
I did not find out where to change the default of the zoom value, that seems to be fixed at 200% if you click the Hand Tool in Adobe Reader when following an article.
Yes I have seen 'Articles' used in PDFs in the past and that could potentially be an option going forward.
Alternatively is there a way to add an internal hyperlink that navigates once clicked, to say from when you get to bottom of a text column, click on the arrow to go straight to the top of the next column?
The real answer answer is that you are designing these documents improperly.
Take the feedback into account and rethink the way you're doing things.
Improperly was probably the wrong word to use, but the sentiment is there. You say you’re getting complaints about it and I’m giving you the best advice I can.
Designing for print and designing for on screen reading are two different things. Gimmicky workarounds that may or may not work in a particular PDF reader are not going to help you or your readers. The only exception would be if this was a print document and it was being passed around internally for proofing though a controlled method where you could assure that the readers were all using Acrobat.
One other thought, depending on the kind of content you have – if it's mostly all simple text – you could produce a version for screen, such as a Reflowable Text ePub. It would consist of one column but the text could be resized by the user to suit their device and it could be read on almost all devices – computers, iPads smart phones, Nook etc (apart from the Kindle, though you could easily adapt the ePub for this).
Sure, no probsBobLevine
So you understand, there have been surveys undertaken from the readership of these publications and feedback is that the majority of recipients have stated they prefer good 'ol fashioned PDF format, attached to the email. Our clients brief was that the publication be A4 format, designed traditionally as a print style publication, and designed in a way that also be easily printed, hence design needs to accommodate this too. With a distribution of the publication to 600,000+ recipients we cannot keep everyone happy unfortunately.
As majority prefer PDF format, this is of course restrictive, but that is what is required. Feedback suggests most opt to print and then read the document, but there are environmentally conscious folk or others whom are time-poor that opt not to do this of course and read on-screen (the issue of reading column text comes from those viewing the publication on smaller monitors or laptops 13-15 inch). The small majority of complaints that we are trying to accommodate for, hence we are trying to find a number of solutions to make this somewhat easier. We have tried to revise the design by minimizing column from 3 down to 2 wider as to minimize scrolling. There is only so much you can do without compromising design.
We are not catering for a younger generation where they are viewing on iPads or we'd be designing and exporting ePUBs and the like with alternate layouts or designing specifically for on-screen as you mentioned.
You may need two choices for the subscribers. One would be for on screen reading and the other for printing.
More work? Yes? But the result will be way more happy readers.
Absent that, as you say, you can’t make everyone happy.
Two choices would be great, but that might come down to time and budget.
A solution we've found that (may) keep such readers happy (or not) would be educating them to use the following two tools within Adobe Acrobat Reader, both can found here in the main menu > View > Zoom...
- Loupe Tool - enables reader to read/view text within one designated area on the screen (magnifying their selected area) giving user the ability to select areas of the text on the page they wish to read.
- Reflow - adjusts all the text automatically, making it flow horizontally (although not pretty in the way of formatting of text) it is a way to read column text easier.
Just thought I'd share.
We shall see what feedback we get from readers.