Pushing the limits of PDFs. First, what are they?
September 27, 2008 8:39 PM Subscribe
When it comes to document interactivity, what are PDF files really capable of? Which features are best for creating dynamic displays of information? What are some of the best examples you've seen of interactive PDFs?
posted by ElfWord to Computers & Internet (10 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
I'm trying to get a sense of how PDFs, as one of the most standard document formats in the business world, can provide a more dynamic, interactive presentation of a document's contents, rather than just a static "start here, finish here" experience.
Some of the specific things I'd like to know are:
-Is it possible to create an area where more information can be hidden/shown at will, based on reader action? What about user input, so that instead of clicking each time I want to see more information, I check a box at the beginning of the document, or type in a number of extra info pieces I want displayed per area?
-Can the document maker create a PDF that 'calls home' to the web for the latest information? Can the document be saved with the latest info available for offline viewing later? Can this call be based on reader action, or does it have to happen automatically each time the document's opened?
-What about images? Can I let a reader click to see different images in the same space (selecting which scale to see a graph at, for example)?
And, as bolded above, I'd really love to see examples of the best uses of PDF features you know of for document interaction, or dynamic display of information.
Thanks for any insights!