Welcome Dialog

Welcome to the Community!

We have a brand new look! Take a tour with us and explore the latest updates on Adobe Support Community.


Interactive Buttons Question

New Here ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi, I am currently starting to use the interactive buttons in Indesign for presentations. The only thing I am struggling with is when I change the text on a button, I also have to remember to change the text on the "rollover" and on the "click" sections in the button menu. Is there a way that I can merge or group them so when i change text on one, it will change it on all of them? Thank you!

TOPICS
EPUB, How to

Views

66

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

What is your final output format?

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Final output is PDF.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Now that Flash is obsolete some features in Interactive PDFs have changed – you can have a word or words or an image (such as a button shape) as a document hyperlink to say another page in the document, or to an external website. Some devices, for example, iPads, don't have rollover capability – only click – you should avoid multi-action buttons like On Click, On Roll Over, etc.  Multi-state objects (MSO) don’t work at all in Interactive PDFs.

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Each appearance of a button: Normal, Rollover, and Click are independent of each other. Attributes text, color, border, etc. will need to be modified for each.

If you are trying to edit multiple buttons and their individual appearances, this can be done in Acrobat, but only the buttons on same page.

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
New Here ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Dang, ok. And there's no way to link them so they will all change? 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Hi Anne,

there is a way to "link" the text frames in every state.

It's just the same as you thread text frames on different pages to one story.

 

One example:

 

Button-ThreeStates-OneStory-1.PNG

Button-ThreeStates-OneStory-2.PNG

Button-ThreeStates-OneStory-3.PNG

 

As you can see from the Story Editor window there is only one single story for all the three text frames. It should be easy to change the contents of all three paragraphs in one go.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

Uwe, I not quite sure how you are accomplishing this threaded text in each of the appearance of button.

Are you creating three threaded text frames before you convert to button?

Are you converting one frame with three lines, then convert to button?

Are you converting to button first, then breaking into multiple frames?

I am interested to know

 

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

You even can go as far as using an InDesign table with one header row cell and three body rows without content distributed to three text frames in the three states of that button. If you change the contents of the header you'll change the contents of the other states in one go:

 

Button-Table-ThreeStates-OneStory-1.PNG

Button-Table-ThreeStates-OneStory-2.PNG

Button-Table-ThreeStates-OneStory-3.PNG

 

Download my sample document to inspect all the details of the table:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c3cxo6rlp9yjg8z/Button-OneStoryForAllStates-2022.indd?dl=1

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines
Adobe Community Professional ,
Nov 02, 2021 Nov 02, 2021

Copy link to clipboard

Copied

LATEST

Hi Jeffrey,

I had one text frame.

Converted that to a button.

That automatically gives you the Normal state.

If you click the Rollover state the Normal state will be duplicated.

The same with the Click state.

 

Then I clicked the outport of the text frame in the Normal state.

Switched to the Rollover state and clicked inside with my "loaded" cursor to thread the text frame of the Normal state to the text frame of the Rollover state. I repeated that with the text frame of the Click state.

 

Result: Three text frames in three different states threaded together as one story.

 

Regards,
Uwe Laubender

( ACP )

Likes

Translate

Translate

Report

Report
Community guidelines
Be kind and respectful, give credit to the original source of content, and search for duplicates before posting. Learn more
community guidelines