Applies to the Adobe InDesign plug-in version 29 or later
The Export to interactive PDF workflow action exports an interactive PDF (.pdf) from an Adobe InDesign file (.indd or .indb).
An interactive PDF is a PDF document that can contain all sorts of digitally rich media—for example, buttons, videos, audio, GIFs, bookmarks, and page transitions.
The Export to interactive PDF workflow action is divided into four tabs: General, Initial view, Viewing, and Images.
- The General tab is the main tab. Use it to specify the input, output, InDesign template, InDesign Server, and where the page numbering starts.
- Use the Initial view tab to specify the initial view of the interactive PDF.
- Use the Viewing tab to specify how the interactive PDF opens.
- Use the Images tab to configure how images in the interactive PDF are exported.
TIP You can also use workflow variables to specify input fields. To insert a workflow variable, click the lightning bolt icon and choose a variable from the pop-up menu.
Use this tab to specify the general settings, such as the input, output, and InDesign Server.
|Input||The file path to the input InDesign document (.indd) or book (.indb). Click the Choose File icon to choose the input InDesign file (.indd or .indb). Alternatively, enter the file path to the input file—for example, /Input/my-input.indd.|
|Output||The file path to the output PDF file (.pdf). Enter a name for the generated PDF. Alternatively, click Choose File to choose an output from the pop-up menu.
The default output is output-1.pdf.
|InDesign Server||Choose the InDesign Server or Blinkenlights queue.|
|Create Acrobat layers||Select the Create Acrobat layers checkbox to an interactive PDF with layers. Each InDesign layer is an Acrobat layer within the PDF. The layers are fully navigable, which allows users of Acrobat 6.0 and later to generate multiple versions of the file from a single PDF. Deselect if you do not want Acrobat layers.
Create Acrobat layer is selected by default.
|Embed page thumbnails||Select Embed page thumbnails to embed a thumbnail preview for each page in the PDF. Deselect if you do not want to embed page thumbnails.
NOTE Embedding a thumbnail preview increases the file size. Adobe recommends deselecting this setting when users of Acrobat 5.0 and later view and print the PDF; these versions generate thumbnails dynamically each time you click the Pages panel of a PDF.
Embed page thumbnails is selected by default.
|Create tagged PDF||Select Create tagged PDF to automatically tag elements in the story based on a subset of the Acrobat tags that InDesign supports, which includes paragraphs, basic text formatting, lists and tables. Deselect if you do not want InDesign to tag your document automatically.
NOTE Tagged PDFs are required for accessibility.
Create tagged PDF is selected by default.
|Use structure for tab order||NOTE You must select Create tagged PDF to use Use Structure for tab order.
Select Use structure for tab order to use the structure for the reading order. Deselect if you do not want to use the structure for tab order.
Use structure for tab order is selected by default.
|Forms and media||Choose whether to allow forms and media—which includes movies, sounds, and buttons—to be interactive in the exported PDF file. Options include:
|Document language||Enter an ISO 639-1 language code (for example, en for English) to set the appropriate language and pronunciation rules when assistive technologies are reading the document.
The default language code is en.
Initial view ↩
Use this tab to specify the initial view of the interactive PDF. For example, you can set the display title and choose to lay out the PDF in a single page, or facing pages.
|v31 Display title
v30 and earlier Title (formerly located on the Viewing tab)
|Choose the display title for the exported interactive PDF. Options include:
|Magnification||Choose the magnification level (zoom) when the document is opened.
The default option is Fit page height.
|Page layout||Choose whether the exported PDF should open initially as a single page or facing pages. Options include:
Use this tab to specify how the interactive PDF opens.
|Open in Full Screen mode||Select Open in Full Screen mode to immediately open the exported PDF in full screen mode. Deselect if you do not want it to open in full screen mode.
Open in Full Screen mode is selected by default.
Use this tab to configure how images in the interactive PDF are exported.
|Compression||Choose how InDesign should compress images. Options include:
|JPEG quality||Specify the amount of detail in the exported image. The higher the quality, the larger the file size. Options include:
The default option is High.
|Resolution (ppi)||Specify the resolution of exported images in pixels per inch (ppi). Options include:
The default resolution is 72.