Once I export my InDesign tabbed documents, the wording on each tab disappears. Not sure what to do to fix it. Picture one shows how it appears within InDesign and the second picture is in Adobe Pro DC once exported. Suggestions?
Make sure your tab text objects don't have either Multiply applied (if created in InDesign) or Overprint applied (if they are Illustrator objects).
Also check Layer Options (i.e. if the objects are on a separate layer that has Print Layer unchecked.
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Is that an interactive PDF? Are those tabs buttons? Is the text part of it or a separate object?
If you're going to use buttons (and I highly discourage that) the text has to be included in the button since interactive items always come to the front.
May I ask why you highly discourage using buttons? This is the first time I am using Indesign for something important. Thanks!
Because they don't work in most third-party readers and can even be wonky in Acrobat or Reader. In fact, I've gotten to the point where I see almost no use at all for interactive PDFs beyond simply bookmarks.
Well thank you for sharing. I love the idea of interactive tabs, but if the functionality isn't consistent I'll probably not use them on an important proposal.
You could still use the design, but instead of buttons, convert the text to hyperlinks.
Maybe I'll try that. Thanks!
@Amanda24222947zx64, Acrobat Bookmarks will give the same functionality.
They're easier to make, are compliant (aka, working) in most PDF viewer software. And end-users understand what they do — very intuitive.
You can have bookmarks be automatically made in the PDF by:
One area where Interactive works very well: accessible PDFs. In fact, it's the only way to make PDFs accessible.
Totally agree with Bob and Bevi. Keep the document as simple as possible for the end user to navigate. You can force the PDF file to open and show bookmarks straight away. It makes it easier for users to know how to navigate in a document.
Also Interactive PDF files are not interactive anymore due to accessibility guidelines. If you need something a little more interactive then use Publish online features to create it.
Always ask "WHY?"
Why do you need it to be "interactive?" (this might be a buzz word used by others to make it sound more interesting)
Why does the end user need buttons or other features to move around the page or show/hide content?
Why is the information not clear enough or designed properly to make it readable?
Also Interactive PDF files are not interactive anymore due to accessibility guidelines. If you need something a little more interactive then use Publish online features to create it.By @Ian Sayers
Great way to say it!
But I do wonder if we EVER had true interactivity in PDF in the first place. <grin>
Depends on your definition of interactivity. 🙂
You mean you can force it to open and show bookmarks in Acrobat or Reader. All bets are off with any other PDF reader including honoring the bookmarks.