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Navigation buttons not working once exported to PDF

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Jul 16, 2020

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I have created some simple navigation buttons that take the reader to Next or Previous pages. Once I open the PDF in Acrobat on the iPad they don't work or respond as they have been set to do in the Events action from InDesign. I can only get the Event for: Go To Destination to work because I created a Bookmark.

 

I have read in some post related that the buttons may not work on iPad or other mobile devices. Is this true?

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Of course Acrobat can do it. This is usually done via the "Execute a Menu Item" command, which would explain why it doesn't work on mobile devices, since the apps used there do not have the same menu structure as the non-mobile version.

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Navigation buttons not working once exported to PDF

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I have created some simple navigation buttons that take the reader to Next or Previous pages. Once I open the PDF in Acrobat on the iPad they don't work or respond as they have been set to do in the Events action from InDesign. I can only get the Event for: Go To Destination to work because I created a Bookmark.

 

I have read in some post related that the buttons may not work on iPad or other mobile devices. Is this true?

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Of course Acrobat can do it. This is usually done via the "Execute a Menu Item" command, which would explain why it doesn't work on mobile devices, since the apps used there do not have the same menu structure as the non-mobile version.

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What command did you use, exactly?

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Jul 17, 2020

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  1. Created the buttons for Next and Previous
  2. Selected Buttons and Forms
  3. Changed type to "button"
  4. Event: On Release or Tap (as this will be viewed on an iPad)
  5. Actions: Go To Next/Previous Page

 

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Screen capture of InDesign buttons paletteScreen capture of InDesign buttons palette

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Jul 17, 2020

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What app is this? 

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InDesign.

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I would use Acrobat for that.

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Community Beginner ,
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Not sure Acrobat can execute the action to Go To Next or Previous Page. I also think its bizarre that InDesign has the function available but mobile devices can't execute the commands. Thanks for your input.

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Of course Acrobat can do it. This is usually done via the "Execute a Menu Item" command, which would explain why it doesn't work on mobile devices, since the apps used there do not have the same menu structure as the non-mobile version.

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Jul 20, 2020

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Thank you for the insight. I didn't realize it would handle that command. I was really just hoping that I could apply the command in InDesign and it would work once saved out as an Interactive PDF. Thanks for your help! Much appreaciated.

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So is it safe to assume that this type of function/command cannot be executed on the iPad or any other mobile device?

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Acrobat Reader for iOS and Android doesn't have this menu items.

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Jul 16, 2020

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Buttons will work when you use correct events and actions.

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Jul 17, 2020

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The buttons work when viewed and used on a desktop or laptop but when viewed and used on a mobile device they didn't navigate to the next or previous pages.

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