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InDesign® CS4 Bible by Galen Gruman

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Chapter 32. Creating Web, Interactive PDF, and Flash Documents

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • Working with hyperlinks

  • Creating bookmarks

  • Adding page actions and buttons

  • Working with audio and video objects

  • Exporting to Web pages

  • Exporting Flash files

  • Creating interactive PDFs and eBooks

In most respects, a document is a document is a document. But in today's electronic world, documents have evolved to include more than the text and graphics that have comprised documents for centuries. Not only can you print documents the traditional way, but also you can deliver them electronically as Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files, as files in the Web's XHTML format, as Flash presentations, and as Adobe eBook "digital edition" files. And that electronic delivery format permits a degree of interactivity never possible in printed documents, including hyperlinks, automated page actions, and the use of audio and video objects.

You create interactive documents — also called "rich media" documents and multimedia documents — just as you create print documents. InDesign's interactive functions work with those traditional capabilities — there's no special "interactive" mode to work under.

InDesign's ability to export in these various "rich media" formats does raise some key questions as you create your multimedia documents. Theoretically, you could design a document to support all of these formats, but the reality is that not all functions work in all media: The fancy page-transition effects, for example, display only ...

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