Hyperlinks: Now you see ‘em. Now you don’t!
One of the last things I mentioned during my Interactive PDF session at the recent InDesign Conference in New York City was a quick tip on how to manage the visibility and invisibility of the hyperlinks you create in InDesign.
Hyperlinks are created through the Hyperlinks panel (Window> Interactive > Hyperlinks). One thing that I like to do when applying hyperlinks is to leave the visible rectangle around the links on. This makes it easy to see the hyperlinks around text in my document.
But I really hate exporting out the PDF with all those ugly rectangles around the text. Here’s the cool tip: Shift-click all the hyperlinks listed in the panel. And then choose Hyperlink Options from the Hyperlinks panel menu. Even though all the links are for different destinations, you can still change the visible rectangles to invisible.
This comes from the Adobe interface guidelines that state when two or more selected items share some common attributes, you can change those common attributes. So although the hyperlinks have different destinations, etc, they still can have their common visibility attributes changed. (Similar things happen for objects with different fills, but common strokes, etc.)
Actually, the best part of the tip was that David Blatner didn’t know it! I love showing stuff David doesn’t know. His eyes light up and he gets the biggest smile on his face.