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Layers & Alternate Layouts (CS6 & CC only)

Each InDesign document must always contain a layer named “-background”. If only this layer exists, the page will contain no interactivity. To add interactivity, at least one more layer is required, and this can be named as appropriate (e.g. “interactive”). There is no limit to the amount of layers an InDesign document can contain; so multiple layers can be used to separate content if desired.

Some of the interactive functionality requires it’s own layer, and in this instance, special naming conventions are required. The reserved layer name prefixes are listed in the table below.

Feature Layer name Example
Flat page ‘-background‘ -background
Popup ‘-popup-' (prefix) -popup-info
Scrolling Horizontal Frame (carousels) ‘-scroll-' (prefix) -scroll-stories
Flip-able page (front side) ‘-frontface-background’ -frontface-background
Flip-able page (front side) ‘-backface-background’ -backface-background
Vertical scrolling columns -scrollable -scrollable
Alternate Layouts (InDesign CS6 & CC only)

InDesign CS6 users will need to edit their pages layout name before export, or the export will fail at :

What you need to do:

1. Open your pages palette window in InDesign (Window > Pages)
2. Click on the text above the 1st page in the palette - See screen shot below, (click on the thumbnail to enlarge the image). You need to triple click to access these text boxes.


3. Rename the page layout to "iPad V" for portrait, if you are doing landscape work you would use "iPad H" (case sensitive).

"iPad H","iPhone H", "Android 10 H", "Kindle Fire/Nook H", same for vertical, replace the H with a "V"

4. Save your work and then do the export as normal.

5. Download a free iOS InDesign Template here

To note: All InDesign CS6 files will now have to have this naming convention.

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