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Tuesdays with Pariah: Creating Interactive PDFs with Buttons and Multimedia from InDesign

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Tuesday, 17 August 2010

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Picking up from last week’s show where we talked about creating and modifying PDF eforms efficiently and without the usual hassles of making forms in Acrobat, doing the heavy lifting in InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, or QuarkXPress, this week, with some great input from Scott Citron and Andrew Robinson, among others, we talked about…

  • making rollover buttons in InDesign
  • automatic hyperlink creation in InDesign CS5
  • creating hyperlinks in InDesign that stay hyperlinks in PDFs
  • making engaging PDF presentations in InDesign
  • adding movies and sounds in InDesign
  • setting and controlling movie and sound options
  • linking to specific points in movies
  • converting “legacy” media files like QuickTime MOV, AVI, and MPG movies to FLV and more with Adobe Media Encoder
  • going from InDesign to iPad
  • …and more!

Series Description

My career—my passion—is entirely focused on doing anything I can to Empower, Inform, Connect Creative Professionals™. I’m extremely lucky that I’m able to make a living doing that through writing books and articles and appearing at conferences and in videos and webinars. I love doing all that, but in all of those activities there’s one thing missing—discourse. In all those media it’s me doing the talking and everyone else the listening, reading, or watching. Out of all the different types of work and projects I do for the creative professional community, the most interactive is my training and consulting, but even that is limited to certain companies and groups, in certain places. I want to have a conversation with any designer who has the time to sit down for an hour and talk, no matter where he or she happens to be at the moment.

So, inspired by my friend Mordy Golding’s Fridays with Mordy weekly webinar, I’ve started Tuesdays with Pariah, a Designers’ Discourse.

In these weekly free web connect sessions I’ll be sometimes instructing in software like InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Acrobat, or something else, and at other times talking about the business of design, such as intellectual property rights for creatives, helping non-Web designers get online, tax considerations for freelancers, and anything else that you bring up. Throughout the presentation and after, Tuesdays with Pariah are a conversation where I hope to learn as much from you as you learn from me. Think of it as a bunch of creative folk getting together over virtual coffee and talking, teaching each other something new, or debating different sides of an issue designers face.