When you flip through an interactive PDF on your desktop, it’s often a pleasant experience. There are fun animations, hotspots, and videos that kindly ask for your attention and play right on cue. However, if you ever flipped through that same interactive PDF on your iPad, you’ve probably noticed that all of those fun and exciting features have been stripped from your mobile world. It’s like drinking decaf coffee. The taste is there, and it’s hot, but all the benefits have been removed. So really, what’s the point?*
Recently at Vodori, we wanted to help our Pepper and Pepper Mobile users better understand which features of an interactive PDF will work on different devices. Think of this table as our version of the orange and brown lids on diner coffee pots that distinguish decaf from caffeinated.
A couple functionality notes:
- Navigation elements work in the majority of instances, however if hotspots are set up to operate as the navigation … they are still considered hotspots and won’t work. Sorry.
- Placeholder images for videos will still be displayed but they will have a grayed-out play button with a line through it on the iPad, which means exactly what you think: No play.
So what’s an interactive PDF to do?
As a workaround from these interactive PDF shortcomings, Vodori is developing HTML5 Pepper Mobile apps. These apps are being developed specifically for Pepper Mobile (and mobile Safari) but will be fully functional on laptops as well. Hopefully you’ll soon see another entry from me about how HTML5 is the best thing since HTML 4 but until then, be safe and don’t open any interactive PDFs on your iPad until you’re on your desktop.
Writer’s Note: I don’t drink coffee so if any of my coffee-based commentary is untrue, blame TV, co-workers, and friends who fill my head with useless coffee knowledge.