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InDesign: Interactive Documents

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Adobe InDesign was made for interactive documents. Find out how to use InDesign CC to create a variety of interactive PDFs and EPUBs for web and mobile distribution.

Interactive documents are the new standard. Adobe InDesign was made for creating them. Publishing expert Mike Rankin offers a foundation for building interactive documents in InDesign CC, exploring what's possible with each kind of document: PDFs, ebooks, magazines, and more. Learn the basics of interactive objects like buttons and form fields, as well as techniques for setting up structured navigation with links, cross-references, bookmarks, and tables of contents. Next, learn how to add audio, video, and animation to your designs and tour Publish Online, Adobe's service for publishing InDesign documents to the web. Plus, take a look at some sample interactive document design workflows, including interactive PDF, reflowable EPUB, and fixed-layout EPUB. Along the way, Mike will point you to further resources for learning more about each specific document type.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • How to use the exercise files
1. Set Up InDesign to Work with Interactive Documents
  • Customize the workspace
  • Understanding document intent
  • Create document presets
  • Practice: Create a new interactive document
2. Types of Interactive Documents Made with InDesign
  • Overview of interactive document types
  • PDF publications
  • PDF forms
  • Accessible PDFs
  • PDF presentations
  • Reflowable EPUBs
  • Fixed-layout EPUBs
  • Publish online
3. Work with Interactive Objects
  • Overview of interactive objects
  • Understanding buttons
  • Understanding multi-state objects
  • Understanding form objects
  • Practice: Create interactive objects
4. Use Navigation Tools
  • Use hyperlinks
  • Use cross-references
  • Use a table of contents
  • Use bookmarks
  • Use navigation buttons
  • Practice: Create navigation elements
5. Multimedia Tools
  • Understanding media formats
  • Use the Media panel
  • Use the Animation panel
  • Use the Timing panel
  • Practice: Work with animation
6. Publish Online
  • Publish a document
  • View and share documents
  • Update a document
  • Use the web dashboard
7. Create EPUBs
  • Use the Articles panel
  • Use anchored objects
  • Set object export options
  • Set paragraph style export tagging
  • Create a device table of contents
  • Preview interactivity
  • Practice: Create a device TOC
8. Interactive Document Workflows
  • Design for interactivity
  • Interactive PDF workflow
  • Reflowable EPUB workflow
  • Fixed-layout EPUB workflow
  • Publish Online workflow
  • Next steps

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Mike Rankin

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