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Library: Creative Design


Here's the secret to better PDF button effects

Added on Monday 15th of February 2010 04:22 am EST


By showing and hiding a button upon mouse rollover, you can create interesting visual effects, such as enabling the mouse pointer in an area to trigger a pop-up image on a different area of the PDF. (For example, you may have a map of Ireland that has a detailed map of Dublin pop up when the mouse pointer rolls over the city of Dublin.) This is ideal for providing extra information in a quick and exciting way, without your user ever needing to leave the page he is on. But how do you do it? In this article, we’ll show you how easy it is to create interactive buttons in your PDFs.

Make a pop-up button
We’ll begin by creating a button that shows and hides an image. This will become the pop-up image that displays only when triggered with the mouse. To follow along with us, download the file, BUTTON.ZIP from the URL listed above and open MAP.PDF (shown in FIGURE A) in Acrobat Professional 7.

To create the pop-up button:
1. Choose Tools > Advanced Editing > Show Advanced Editing Toolbar to display the Advanced Editing Toolbar.
2. Cli...