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Interactive PDF's roll-over elements becomes button. How to disable it as button?

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I am trying to create interactive PDFs where rolling over a button changes a panel of graphics to A, roll over another button, it changes to B.
It works right, until I realised that A and B are both tracked as buttons, which means when user mouse over them, they see a mouse hand cursor, thinking it is clickable, but not.

A typical interactive PDF in inDesign can be found like this:
http://help.adobe.com/en_US/indesign/cs/using/WS14840753-3931-4e67-AEE6-3F2C2016CB4C.html
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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The link you provided does not seem to have an actual sample PDF, it just describes how to add buttons to a document.

I would open the document in Acrobat and change the properties of the objects "A" and "B" to make them read-only. You do this by bringing up the properties, and selecting "Read only" on the "General" tab.
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@ intuitioncunsulting,

If I understand your question right, all you need to do is right click the button you want to change, and select "interactive" --> "convert to object".

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by:intuitionconsulting
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According to Adobe's tutorial, to make elements "appear and disappear", that element in question needs to be converted into a button (which I already did). Let's call it "button content" (in this case, it is the blue one in attached document. It is hidden by default, roll over/click the green one to make it visible)

Then, create another button to add the actions to it. (I'll call this "green action button"). Like upon roll over of the "green action button", it calls "button content" to appear.

Which is acting correctly as per attached document. But if you try to MOUSE OVER the blue rectangle ("button content"), you realise it gives that mouse hand cursor, making user think that it is clickable too.

My question is, I need to remove that mouse over(or make Acrobat don't think it is a clickable button) for that "button content"


I am using InDesign CS3
Untitled-1.pdf
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by:Karl Heinz Kremer
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I don't think you can set the read-only property in InDesign, you need Acrobat for that. Do you have access to Adobe Acrobat Pro? And if so, which version? I checked your PDF file, and setting the read-only property for the blue rectangle will prevent the object to be clickable.
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I am  using Acrobat Pro 9, but can't find the GENERAL tab. Attached is the screenshot of my Acrobat Pro 9
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Open the file in Acrobat 9, then select the "Select Object Tool" (Tools>Advanced Editing>Select Object Tool). With that tool selected, you will see all form fields. Double-click on the field you want to make read-only. This will bring up the field properties dialog. Here you will find the "General" tab I was talking about. Give it a try and let me know if it works.  
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