Creating links in InDesign to import to your Flipbook

Creating links for your Flipbook directly in the InDesign document will often save you time. These links can be imported from your PDF file, as active links when you create your Flipbook.

Read on for instructions on how to create hyperlinks in InDesign and retain the links in your exported PDF.

Creating Links

  • In your InDesign document, mark the element you want to be an active link in the Flipbook.
  • Right-click and choose Hyperlinks
  • Choose New Hyperlink...

You now have the option to select link type - the iPaper platform lets you import the following 3 types:

  • URL
    Link to external website
  • Email
    Send an email (mailto:)
  • Page
    Go to page in catalog (Internal link)

Use the following settings for PDF Appearance:

You have now created a link that can be used for import on the iPaper platform.

The next step will show you how to retain your links when you export to PDF.

Exporting your PDF for iPaper

When your design is complete, you will need to export to PDF.


  • Preset
    Even though you are about to export for online use, select the High-Quality Print preset.
  • Pages
    iPaper CMS will always display Spreads (2 pages facing each other). 
    This means you have to Export your PDF as single Pages for optimal results.
  • Layers
    You should only export Visible & Printable Layers unless you have a specific need for content in hidden layers (e.g. for Custom Link Import purposes).
  • Interactive Elements
    Interactive Elements should not be included in your Export, as the iPaper platform is not compatible with these.
  • Bookmarks & Hyperlinks
    If you have created active Links in InDesign you can choose to export them, and then import them as Index and active Links in your Flipbook.


For optimal results across all screen sizes, we recommend exporting your PDF at 150 PPI

Use settings as seen below:

Marks and Bleeds

Printer marks and Bleed should not be included in your export, as these options are exclusively for printing purposes:

Save Preset...

You can save this Preset for later use. Name it "iPaper" for easy access.


All that remains now is to export your publication as an iPaper optimized PDF.

Enjoy! (smile)

For more in-depth information about Hyperlinks in InDesign, see this article.

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