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Interactive PDF is not compatible with all browsers

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Hi Team,

I have a couple of questions listed below:

 

Q1. Not able to open hyperlinks inside embedded pdf in a new window

Custom Solution: We can add Java Script in Acrobat: (app.launchURL("http://www.MySampleURL.com/someFolder/somePage.html", true);)

But why this feature is not available in InDesign?

 

Q2. If we embed javascript to open links in a new tab, it worked on Internet Explorer only. It is not working with other browsers like google chrome Microsoft edge Mozilla fireworks and apple safari.

 

Q3. InDesign has multiple interactive features Like Animation, Play Video inside the PDF, 

Audio Play and Object State. But these are only for EPUB.

Why these features are not applicable for Interactive PDF?

 

Actually, I from the eLearning industry, And these features are most important for us. Please resolve these issues so we can use Interactive PDF as an eLearning best new modality.

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Correct answer by Derek Cross | Adobe Community Professional

Since Flash has become obsolete the kinds interactivity you describe, such as videos,  have not been available to be usable in all devices and readers (only simple hyperlinks). Hopefully if in due course vendors will implement PDF 2.0 though animation is not include the PDF 2.0 spec.

You can get these interactive features with the InDesign plugin in5 (including animation).

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Interactive PDF is not compatible with all browsers

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Hi Team,

I have a couple of questions listed below:

 

Q1. Not able to open hyperlinks inside embedded pdf in a new window

Custom Solution: We can add Java Script in Acrobat: (app.launchURL("http://www.MySampleURL.com/someFolder/somePage.html", true);)

But why this feature is not available in InDesign?

 

Q2. If we embed javascript to open links in a new tab, it worked on Internet Explorer only. It is not working with other browsers like google chrome Microsoft edge Mozilla fireworks and apple safari.

 

Q3. InDesign has multiple interactive features Like Animation, Play Video inside the PDF, 

Audio Play and Object State. But these are only for EPUB.

Why these features are not applicable for Interactive PDF?

 

Actually, I from the eLearning industry, And these features are most important for us. Please resolve these issues so we can use Interactive PDF as an eLearning best new modality.

Adobe Community Professional
Correct answer by Derek Cross | Adobe Community Professional

Since Flash has become obsolete the kinds interactivity you describe, such as videos,  have not been available to be usable in all devices and readers (only simple hyperlinks). Hopefully if in due course vendors will implement PDF 2.0 though animation is not include the PDF 2.0 spec.

You can get these interactive features with the InDesign plugin in5 (including animation).

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Since Flash has become obsolete the kinds interactivity you describe, such as videos,  have not been available to be usable in all devices and readers (only simple hyperlinks). Hopefully if in due course vendors will implement PDF 2.0 though animation is not include the PDF 2.0 spec.

You can get these interactive features with the InDesign plugin in5 (including animation).

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Thanks, Derek

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This has nothing to do with InDesign but beyond Acrobat and Reader on a desktop, any interactivity in a PDF is a crapshoot at best. This is especially true for browsers. You need a new plan. Interactive PDF is not going to be the proper tool.

 

For eLearning, check out Adobe Captivate or Articulate StoryLine.

 

I wrote this several years ago, but it may give you a pretty good idea of why you should give this up: https://www.boblevine.us/its-okay-to-say-no-to-interactive-pdf/

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Thanks, BobLevine

We are already using Captivate and Storyline, But if Adobe adds these features in PDF it would be great. Because now in the future every people want a compact and shareable thing which is light and play in every device. We can put the whole eLearning course in one PDF. People do not want to seat in front of the system. This is my thought.

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Adobe has no power to add things to PDF. Nothing will work on every device...that is a pipedream.

 

Your best bet is a fully functional eLearning website.

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"people want a compact and shareable thing which is light and play in every device"

 

That reinforces the case against PDF. It would be best to abandon your hopes for PDF.

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"Because now in the future every people want a compact and shareable thing which is light and play in every device. "

 

It exists already: it is called an executable. You would have to compile for each target platform, though. But it is still the most controllable output format for the designer/developer, and a simple and standardized approach for users to use your app/application.

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"It exists already: it is called an executable. " It does. And in these sad days of malware and worse, no sensible user would accept an executable to deliver content, unless it was from a very trusted source. Can you believe there are still people out there using EXE just to deliver page turning? 

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I meant to add that Adobe (and hopefully some other vendors), have indicated they expect to implement PDF 2.0 in 2021.

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Adobe don't own PDF any more – it's run and administered by the PDF Association who agree standards and specifications. Adobe and other vendors have seemed reluctant, so far, to implement PDF 2.0. But they have indicated they will during 2021. As these things take time to implement and for users to install suitable readers I wouldn't wait for it!

HTML5 is the only format that will work on any platform  – PC, Mac, computer, tablet and smart phone –  or at least any device that has a compatible browser installed (which most do nowadays) and include the features you require. Also you can produce stand-alone documents.

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