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InDesign: Interactive Documents

Explorer ,
Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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good morning,

I'm viewing a video course "InDesign: Interactive Documents".

The course was released at the end of 2016.

Do you think it is still valid compared with the feature of indesign 2024 ?

Does Adobe have a trainee course to produce Interactive Documents with indesign ?

My expertise is on print, but I've a good practice with PDF form and XML.

 

Thx

 

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Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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If you're making an interactive PDF that's accessible, then yes, quite a lot has been added or refined for accessible PDFs from InDesign layouts.

 

If you're making a clickable PDF with hyperlinks, buttons, form fields, and other interactive elements, quite a bit has been refined since 2016.

 

If you're making an interactive EPUB, it's required by the EPUB standard to be accessible and quite a few things have changed since 2016 to do that.

 

But if you're just exporting to XML from InDesign layouts, I don't think anything has changed since then.

 

Suggestion: find a better course that's more up-to-date so that you can create the types of interactive documents you need.

 

|    Bevi Chagnon   |  Designer & Technologist for Accessible Documents
|    Classes & Books for Accessible InDesign, PDFs & MS Office |

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Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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@Bevi Chagnon - PubCom.com has asked valid questions but I'll be more direct...

 

What exactly are you trying to create here? 

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Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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I just want to expertize myself with interactive and epub functionality of Indesign.
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Jan 21, 2024 Jan 21, 2024

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Interactive PDF is really limited to links to internal and external sites.
The other option to consider is InDesign's Publish Online, which is based on HTML5 and which can include animations and multimedia, but users have to be online to access them, they are not responsive and you can't (easily) monetise them. Such documents can be viewed on a computer, ax tablet or a smart phone.
Reflowable epub is only suitable for simple text-based documents.

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Jan 22, 2024 Jan 22, 2024

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Those are two different things. If you have specific questions, please start new conversations for each.

For the most part, anything from 2016 is going to be very out of date for interactive documents.

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