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Bring Ideas to Life Through Rich, Interactive PDFs

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If you find yourself working with PDFs often, you can discover many things you can (and can’t) do to them to make them more interesting, and at the same time more user-friendly and useful. Adobe expert Brian Wood explores some of the most widely used interactive features that you can add to a PDF.

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Adding Page Transitions

Adding Page Transitions

If your document is in Full Screen mode, you also have the ability to edit the transition between pages. This means that you can fade between pages, wipe pages, slide pages, and much more. If you’ve worked with Microsoft PowerPoint, this may be a familiar concept to you. Of course, you don’t have to edit the transitions, but why not?

  1. With the PDF file open, choose View > Tools > Document Processing.
  2. Choose Page Transitions from the Document Processing options in the Tools task pane on the right.
  3. In the Page Transitions dialog box, choose “Fade” (or whichever transition you want to try) from the Transition menu. Choose a speed from the Speed menu (how fast it fades, in this case, from one slide to the next). Try selecting Auto Flip. This allows you to make the presentation run by itself, flipping from page to page. When you select Auto Flip, you can set how long each slide appears in seconds in the After field (see Figure 20).
  4. Figure 20 Set page transitions

  5. The last options in the Page Transitions dialog box are the Page Range options. You could tell Acrobat to apply the transition to a series of selected pages or to a range of pages. Make sure that All Pages in Document is selected and click OK.
  6. Save the PDF file, close it and reopen it to enter Full Screen mode and see your transitions happening.
  7. Keep the PDF file open and try experimenting with some of the interactive features you’ve learned!
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