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Optimal Online PDF Export Preset

Quick version: Start with “Smallest File Size,” turn on “Tagged PDF,” “Hyperlinks,” “Bookmarks,” “View after export,” adjust compression settings to optimal (aim for “High” quality), save preset. Settings File Location: PDF export presets have the .joboptions extensions and are saved in the following locations: Win: Users/[username]/AppData/Roaming/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings Mac: User/[username]/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe PDF/Settings note: the AppData and Library folders […]

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How to Place More Than the First Page of a PDF in InDesign

New users of InDesign often ask me this question. By default, when you place a multi-page PDF in InDesign, only the first page will be placed. So how can you place any other page? The key is the “Show Import Options” checkbox in the place dialog screen. Go File => Place (or use your keyboard […]

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InDesign CS6 Offers Single Page Interactive PDF Export

When Adobe first split InDesign’s PDF export into 2 branches, Print and Interactive, they made the blunder of forcing all facing page documents into spreads when exported via the Interactive option. I wrote an article about this issue previously. This has thankfully been addressed in CS6; we can now export interactive PDFs from facing page […]

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Update to the CS5.5 Book Page Numbering Bug (Still no fix, but additional workarounds posted)

This post is a follow-up to my original article concerning the infamous Book Page Numbering Bug. It was recently brought to my attention that, while I had attempted to keep my post from 6 months ago up to date with updates and responses to many comments, it was becoming rather dated. So today I once again […]

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InDesign CS5.5 Buttons to Open other PDFs with Relative Path in New Windows—FAIL

Every year I produce a number of projects that consist of a CD containing a PDF with hundreds of buttons linking to other PDFs. Every year it’s a real headache, because InDesign doesn’t work as well as it’s supposed to. Now I’m testing these projects in CS5.5 for the first time, and I’m happy to report that […]

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Create Form Fields in InDesign! (written for CS5)

(UPDATE: As I was going through old posts I found this one. InDesign CS6 finally added the capability of creating form fields in InDesign, rendering this post obsolete. So if you stumble across this post looking for a way to create form fields in InDesign, the best answer, now, is to upgrade to at least […]

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Updating Pages in PDF Forms

(Edit 6/14/13: CS 6 allows you to create your form fields directly in InDesign, so this finally resolves the need for cumbersome workflows such as the one described below. If you are using CS6 or newer, consider building your form in InDesign so that when you export the PDF all fields are included, and you […]

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Interactive InDesign

I’m presenting on the topic of “Interactive InDesign” at tonight’s IDUG meeting. The content of this post is taken from the handout I’ve written for the meeting. The handout is available on downloads page, along with other informative and useful files. But first, a simple SWF animation I designed entirely in InDesign to open the […]

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Charts & Graphics from MS Office to InDesign

I am often asked, “What is the best way to import charts and graphs from Excel or other MS Office products into InDesign?” The short answer is PDF. However, there is a bit more to it than that. This article offers some tips and tricks for getting the graphic just right for print production. Vector […]

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InDesign CS5 PDF Export Woes: PDF(Interactive) vs Facing Pages

**EDIT: CS6 To the rescue! The CS6 Interactive PDF Export offers a Pages or Spreads selection option. Hallelujah!** I have a 500 page InDesign file that I made in CS4 that is intended to be both printed and used in Acrobat with interactive features, including hyperlinks, bookmarks, and buttons. In CS4 I was able to […]

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