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Can't create a link hotspot

I have never been able to create a hotspot; not for a jump link nor a web link.

As I understand the process:

  1. create a frame in indesign that is to be the hotspot, or select an existing object

  2. in the MP palette, set the type to hotspot, type link, url my web link

  3. fast preview on my ipad

Whatever object I had set as the hotspot disappears from my layout when previewed, and the space it occupied is not "hot" either.  I have tried new objects and existing ones, on the A layer and both B layers to no avail.  What am I missing here?

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It's not working for me. The template did not come with a "C-Clickable Area" layer. And - no layer is created when I follow the steps above.

Kirk 0 votes
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Kirk and Erica,

What version of the plugin are you using and are you using a MAC or PC? You can check the version by selecting min.mib in the plugin, the highest version possible is your version of the plugin.

Regards,

Anders 

Anders Odevik 0 votes
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Hi, I am having this same problem. When I click an object, I put the object type as hotspot in the plugin and choose link as hotspot type. I put the URL as popup://(popup id). It keeps disappearing every time i push  it to my iPad. I am using CS6 and have 3.2 

Stephanie Kim 0 votes
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certain links give me trouble as well... a hotspot from a new box with internal jump link is working. A web link, using an existing ID element is not working at all (it is an imported/pasted group of text elements). when  I create a new box with a web link in a new spot on the page it works

CS6/mag+ 3.2

pocketrevolution 0 votes
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Hi Stephanie:

This is how you make a link:

  1. Select the object located on the a or b-layer that you want the user to tap in order to activate the link
  2. At the bottom of the vertical panel, click "Link"
  3. Now a hotspot will be created automatically on the clickable areas layer
  4. Make sure that reference ID corresponds with the ID of the object that you first selected that the user should tap in order to activate the link.
  5. Enter the url

@pocketrevolution: We haven't noticed any problems with weblinks. Try chaining the hotspot type of the jump link to a weblink and see if it's working. If it does, try checking these things of your other link: http://support.magplus.com/entries/21518517

Cheers,

Anders 

Anders Odevik 0 votes
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I know it has something to do with the layering... my linked element is sitting on top of two pinned blocks that expend upon horizontal view. there also is a sliding a layer involved and the link gets lost in between. the links are working when I isolate the element onto a new vertical - this needs to get resolved

pocketrevolution 0 votes
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Is it possible for you to send me the InDesign file that you cannot get to work? Also, are you working on a PC or a MAC?

/Anders 

Anders Odevik 0 votes
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I'm working on a PC with version 3.5, and can't get any type of link to work in Reviewer. Also, the "link" option is on the Mag+ object panel, not the vertical panel. Am I in the correct version? It looks different from your videos...

Sarah 0 votes
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@pockrevolution. Did you ever get your weblink issue fixed? I am having the same problem right now. I have a page with pictures on the  a-layer that have weblinks that all work. But on another page where I'm trying to weblink text on the a layer it will not work at all. I got it to work once by moving the hotlink from the clickable layer to the a layer but then it just stopped working. I also believe it's an issue with the link becoming lost between layers. 

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@Stephanie Kim - no, I have never received a satisfactory response on this issue... all I did is trial & error until I find a pattern that makes any sense. the layering is not one of them, especially with hotlinks on a dual orientation layout. I'm prepared to throw in the towel and rebuild everything with a different tool.

pocketrevolution 0 votes
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@Sarah: With the update to 3.5 the plugin is now divided into 3 different panels. The link button is now found in the Mag+ Object panel of the plugin.

@pocketrevolution: Please send me the indesign file and I will have a look to see if I can help you fixing the links.

Anders Odevik 0 votes
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@anders:  My links still don't work at all, but I'm going to wait for my CS6 upgrade before I try this again.

Sarah 0 votes
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@pocketrevolution

After some major tinkering I figured out a way to make links work. This may not necessarily apply to your design but I hope it helps you before you throw in the towel! So for example, if you have a few items on the a layer and you want to include a link to a website at the end of your text. Group everything on the A layer into one big group, even the element that you want to be linked and make sure not to include popups. Now, make a transparent box on top of what you want to be linked in the A main layer, click link in the Mag+ object box and it will create a hotspot in the clickable area on top of your transparent box. Link it to your website, email, or wherever and it should work! I did this for my entire design and I'm happy to say that every single one of my links-jump links, email links, image links, popup links, are now working! You essentially have to trick the system by grouping everything together and linking a transparent, ungrouped box over the actual item you want to serve as the link. So when you push your design, that transparent box actually goes behind the A layer- but you can still see whatever has been linked and it will work because the Clickable layer is always on top. It's a big complicated but I hope this helps out everyone struggling with links! :)

Stephanie Kim 0 votes
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@Stephanie: Thanks! But Mib version 3<  shouldn't allow you to have a clickable area linked to a transparent box. If it does, please let us know as it is probably a bug. With the update to 3.0 the app now checks if the object that the clickable area is linked to is seen be the reader, and if the linked object is a transparent box the clicakble area will be disabled: http://support.magplus.com/entries/21518517

If you want to place several hotspots on the a-layer I recommend doing the following:

  1. Group all objects on the a-layer

  2. Select the group and click "link" in the plugin.

  3. Now a clickable area will be created on top of the group, you can resize this area to cover exaclt the object you want the user to tap in order to activate the link/jump link/media

  4. When you have created your first link, select the group on the a-layer again and click "link" in the plugin. Now a second clickable area will be created on top of the grouped object which you are able to resize and cover the object you want the user to tap in order to activate it.

Regards,

Anders 

Anders Odevik 0 votes