You can't embed a PDF file into an interactive PDF. What you can do is to combine PDF files. But you can't do this in InDesign, you'd do it in Acrobat.
In Acrobat, choose File > Combine files into a Single PDF. Depending on the version of Acrobat, you'll get a panel that lets you choose files, or pages from PDF files. If you're in Windows (or Acrobat DC for Macintosh) you could also add Office files as well.
You can make a one page InDesign file, and include the additional PDF pages as separate layers, export to a PDF (including the layers) then edit the interactive buttons in Acrobat to navigate to the layers.
Thanks for your reaction,
I created an one page interactive pdf with indesign including the additional PDF pages as separate layers. After that i exported the file, including the layers.
How can i add and edit interactive buttons in Acrobat DC pro to navigate to the layers? Please can you explain it?
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I think you'd need to learn a bit more about working with forms in Acrobat (buttons are one particular kind of form field). My favorite source is Claudia McCue's video on creating forms in Acrobat XI. You can get a free 10-day trial:
thanks for the example,
what i would do is the same like in your example, but i only want two buttons (one for next, one for previous) for toggling the layers one by one on/off.
thanks, i will try the trail, maybe i could find how i can create the script for the buttons
Here's some thoughts
- Layers created in an Indesign document can be transferred to PDF layers
- PDF layer visibility can easily be turned on and off through the Layers pane in Acrobat, and does not require a button
- You can create a button that turns on and off layer visibilty in a PDF in Acrobat
- The above method does not require scripts
- You can create interactive buttons in Indesign that allow for show and hide actions, which is similar to on and off layer visibility
Thanks for your reaction but I think you didn't understand what I mean.
I know that I can:
- export layers created in indesign as pdf layers
- create buttons that turn layers on and off
- create similar buttons to show and hide actions
What I have is:
- One PDF page
- 5 layers
- 2 buttons
What I want is:
- that button 1 shows layer 1 by clicking it. When I click button 1 again it must hide layer 1 and show layer 2. When I click button 1 again it must hide layer 2 and show layer 3 and so on for the other layers...
- button 2 must hide layer 5 by clicking it and show layer 4. By clicking button 2 again it must hide layer 4 and show layer 3. When I click button 2 again it must hide layer 3 and show layer 2 and so on for the other layer
so if you understand button 1 must activate an action for showing the next layer and button 2 must activate the previous layer. In other words: I want one next button and one previous button for the layers on the page.
I think this must be created with a script so... Can you explain me how I can create the actions for the buttons ?
You would have to have those buttons hide themselves and then display another button.
Personally, I think this is crazy and is not anywhere near what interactive PDF was intended for.
Thanks for your reaction, but this is undone work.
Is there someone who can help me with the script in stead of offtopic reactions?
This can be done with buttons and use hide and show actions. Buttons can have multiple actions assigned. The action would hide and show an interactive element(s), not a layer.
Good idea or bad idea, be aware of the limitations. Especially, will not work on mobile devices and in most browsers. So long as you force your users to download and open in Reader, and insist they use Mac/Windows, these are not obstacles.
Does any one know about Download Published file in .PDF format
manognb77321853, re "Does any one know about Download Published file in .PDF format". No, I don't think anyone understands your question.
I think manognb77321853 may have asked the question more clearly in a different thread. They wanted to know if you could have the PDF which can be generated by Publish Online downloaded automatically. To which I replied, No.
Hi Test screen name,
My question is,Is it possible to download published .pdf file automatically not manually by using vbscript?
manognb77321853, thank you. It sounds as if you have a definite answer.
Which is a good thing. If I saw a download being forced on me, I’d never visit that site again.