Lynda.com have a number of online training videos on creating interactive PDFs with InDesign such as:
You can get a free 10-day trial.
Bob Levine created an interesting blog about issues interactive PDFs that would be worth you reading:
Thank you for the quick reply Derek.
However, I don't believe your solution correctly addresses my question. As your one link pretty much says "Quit". . . And your other link gives videos on how to make boxes & buttons.
Again, I would like to get peoples thoughts/suggestions on achieving a functional search box by using InDesign. Perhaps you have your own suggestions on how to go about it?
AFAIK this is not something that can be done in PDF and certainly can’t be done using InDesign. You can check in the Acrobat forum but Acrobat and Reader have their own built in search functions.
Thank you for your response.
The closest thing that I came across to achieving this was by adding html code:
<input type="text" placeholder="Search..." required>
<input type="button" value="Search">
It's a crude search setup that has the box that you can type your phrase into & has the search button that you're able to click. I tried that code & it does what I stated above.
Also, I came across this:
" Perhaps this would help.
Create a button with the button tool. Provide a Tooltip and a Label of "Search".
Select the Action "Execute a menu item" and Add "Edit > Search" from the menu.Place the button on the first page of the PDF where it will be seen."
It appears that you MAY be able to add a search box to the first page of your Interactive pdf & have it be functional. . .