Exporting a portfolio from InDesign without interactive PDF options?

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Dec 08, 2021 Dec 08, 2021

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I've created my portfolio for photography and videography on InDesign. From the info I've gathered, exporting as an interactive PDF won't work anymore for video, or it is contingent on the viewer to have some sort of flash player or something. 

 

I wouldn't mind using the "publish online" feature, but I keep getting error 16, presumably because the files are too big, and I don't really want to downscale them and sacrifice quality.

 

I understand I can export as an EPUB, but I am concerned that that will only work for viewers that already have an EPUB viewer downloaded, and it is not yet popular enough to send to potential employers with confidence that they will be able to view it. 

 

Any ideas for how I should export my InDesign portfolio in a way that is accessible to send to employers? Thanks!

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Dec 08, 2021 Dec 08, 2021

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You may not want to hear this but if you're putting together a portfolio you should be doing it as a website. Adobe offers free Portfolio websites as part of your CC subscription. I strongly recommend looking into them.

https://portfolio.adobe.com/

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Here is the link to example portfolios. I don't think you can embed video directly to your Adobe Portfolio, you can use embed code from youtube for video presentation.

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Dec 19, 2021 Dec 19, 2021

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I don't think you can embed video directly to your Adobe Portfolio...


By @Jeffrey_Smith

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Yes you can upload MP4 video directly to Portfolio with the onboard Video Module.  Video uploads are limited to 1GB per file.  The Embed Module is also an option for YouTube and Vimeo users.  

https://help.myportfolio.com/hc/en-us/articles/360036483413-Video-module

 

Or you can use Adobe Spark (now called Creative Cloud Express) to create online web pages with video. 

https://www.adobe.com/express/

 

Either way, the online experience is superior to PDF which requires users to have Acrobat or Acrobat Reader installed on their devices.   Most non-Creative Cloud subscribers can't be bothered with getting Acrobat.  So they rely on inferior browser PDF viewers which fall way short of Acrobat in terms of features and support for interactive elements.

 

Nancy O'Shea, Adobe Product User & Community Professional
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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You can make a magnificent interactive PDF layout with InDesign and add the interactive elements with Acrobat Pro.

No problemo.

 

But…

Interactive PDFs can only work with "real" PDF reader software, like Acrobat Reader or F*x*t Reader, unfortunately it does not work with (low-end) PDF reader software by default installed on computers (Edge, Preview) and mobile devices that do not meet all the specifications of the PDF format (aka ISO 32000 standard).

 

A potential employer will have a maximum of 30 seconds to spend on your resume, so they won't change their default software/device to wait for videos to load.

 

So make your PDF resume as simple and impactful as possible with just a link to your online portfolio.

Hyperlinks work even in the worst/oldest PDF reader software. 😉

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Dec 13, 2021 Dec 13, 2021

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This. It's almost never useful to send employers/recruiters a huge portfolio/resume document. Keep the submission simple with easy, effective, engaging links to universally accessible web material.

|| Word & InDesign to Kindle (& EPUB): a Professional Guide (Amazon)

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FWIW, it's probably the videos giving the Publish Online error. You might try downsampling them some using Handbrake or other utlity. The quality might still be perfectly acceptable. May be worth a try.

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