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Chapter 4. Creating an Interactive Map > Organizing the Button Layout

Organizing the Button Layout

Acrobat includes several options for arranging objects on a document. In Amanda’s project, the hotspot buttons need to be placed at corresponding locations on the map, and their image pop-ups are placed close to the hotspot button. Arrange these buttons by clicking them with the Button tool and dragging them to the appropriate locations.

All the text pop-ups are displayed in the same location on the page, both vertically and horizontally. You can stack them manually at the appropriate spot, or you can use one of Acrobat’s align features to do it for you. And instead of searching for all the fields on the document, select them easily in the Fields pane.

Follow these steps to select and align a set of fields:

Drag one button to the area where you would like the set of buttons stacked; in the project, the buttons will be stacked at the upper right of the map image (Figure 4.21).

Figure 4.21. Move one of the text fields to the desired location on the map.

Choose View > Navigation Tabs > Fields to open the Fields pane. If you like, you can drag this pane to dock it with the other Navigation Tabs at the left of the program window.

Ctrl-click/Command-click the buttons you want to align in the listing on the Fields pane (Figure 4.22). You see the different buttons listed on the pane; each set of buttons is prefaced by the letter and underscore, as described earlier in the “Naming Project Content” section, which makes it simple to find a particular group of buttons. Isn’t that clever?

Figure 4.22. Selecting the fields you want to arrange in the Fields pane saves time and confusion.

Right-click/Control-click the button you have correctly placed to open the shortcut menu. By clicking the button in the right location, you tell Acrobat where you want the remaining buttons placed.

Choose Align and an alignment option from the shortcut menu. You can choose from left, right, center, vertical, and horizontal alignment. The options you choose depends on where you placed the text images on your map.

Repeat the alignment process, choosing other Align and Center placement options until your set of buttons is stacked correctly, both horizontally and vertically.

Again, the options you select will depend on where you originally placed the buttons on the map.

It doesn’t matter in what order you stack the buttons, only one of the text pop-ups is shown on the document at a time. It also doesn’t matter if the image pop-ups overlap one another or any of the hotspot buttons because they are only seen one at a time as well.

Working in the Fields pane can save a lot of time, particularly if you want to select a button that is within a stack of buttons. Instead of dragging other buttons out of the way to find the one you need, just click its name in the Fields pane.

Placing Content Precisely

Acrobat contains a number of placement tools you can use to place content in precise locations on a document page, including rulers, grids, and guide lines. You can choose the placement tools from the View menu. The default spacing for the grid that overlays the page is one-third inch squares, which can be customized in the program Preferences.

You can read about working with placement aids, and how to customize them, in Bonus Chapter 4 (“Creating an Interactive Catalog”) on the book’s Web site.

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