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Avoiding compatibility issues

From: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

Video: Avoiding compatibility issues

Moving your layout from InDesign to Flash may seem as simple as an export, but there are some issues that need to be aware of to avoid some problems. One of the first problems we're going to avoid are using PDF only actions. In this layout I have a button over here, and if I select this and I go to the Button panel, you can see there is an attribute called View Zoom. Well, that action happens to be a PDF Only action. And that means if I would export this to a SWF file, the button would still work in the sense that you can mouse over and it would show its appearance, but it wouldn't do anything, because it was a PDF Only action.

Avoiding compatibility issues

Moving your layout from InDesign to Flash may seem as simple as an export, but there are some issues that need to be aware of to avoid some problems. One of the first problems we're going to avoid are using PDF only actions. In this layout I have a button over here, and if I select this and I go to the Button panel, you can see there is an attribute called View Zoom. Well, that action happens to be a PDF Only action. And that means if I would export this to a SWF file, the button would still work in the sense that you can mouse over and it would show its appearance, but it wouldn't do anything, because it was a PDF Only action.

Flash has no idea what View Zoom does. To avoid this problem, I recommend you put PDF Only buttons on their own layer. I happen have them on the layer called PDF Navigation. This way I can disable this layer and then when I export to SWF or FLA, I don't have to worry about them being included. Another problem with legacy media. In our early video we discuss some of their problems. You really should be using only Flash video in your layouts. Now, if you do use a Flash video file and you export to FLA, there will be a poster image that sits there. When you open the file inside Flash, you'll see just the static poster image.

If you want to replace it with the actual file itself, there will be a resources folder where the Flash video file resides. If there are any hyperlinks in your layouts such as explorecalifornia.org at the bottom, when you export to SWF they'll be functional, but when you export to FLA, you'd expect them to work. And from my experience it's been touch and go. Sometimes it has, sometimes it hasn't. I don't really know exactly why that is, but you should be aware of that possible problem. If you've lot of images in your layout, they will add to your file size. Repeating images will add substantial more. In a later video we'll learn how discuss with repeating images.

If you're using transparency in your layouts, you want to avoid putting above any interactive elements, such as buttons. In this layout I've placed a transparent box above this button. Upon export to a SWF file, you can see what happens. The button no longer works. To avoid this problem, we want to use layers inside our InDesign layout. By putting our buttons on their own layers, we can avoid this problem. Transparency Blend Space is another issue that we need to address. Inside the Edit menu at the bottom, we have Transparency Blend Space. There is Document RGB and CMYK.

RGB is what we should be using for our layout, because this will be viewed on screen. In fact, if you left it at CMYK, InDesign would warn you before you export it to SWF or FLA. Finally, if we're going to be using any layers that we happen to hide, when we package our document, we want to make sure that information is included. By going to the File > Package menu and we package our document, we can save this file. We'll click Continue. There is an option called Include Fonts and Links From Hidden and Non-printing Content. This means if we were to package a file and we had a link on this particular layer, this wouldn't be included, but when we turn this check box on, then it would be included when we package.

This is something in the past they were really never worried about, because in most of my documents I had all the layers on, but with interactive documents and presentations, I happen to use a lot of layers and I turn them on and off frequently. By turning this on, I don't have to worry about forgetting any of my information. If you keep these tips in mind when you're creating your documents, your transition from InDesign to Flash will be that much smoother.

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  1. 1m 56s
    1. Introduction
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 45s
    1. Interactive documents: Born Magazine
      1m 49s
    2. Annual report case study: Unitus
      1m 44s
    3. Self-publishing
      1m 59s
    4. Digital books: iBooks, ePub
      2m 15s
    5. Digital newspapers: Times Reader
      1m 51s
    6. Digital magazines: Wired, iGIZMO, The New Yorker
      2m 7s
  3. 12m 32s
    1. Setting preferences for interactive documents
      2m 36s
    2. Customizing the workspace
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding intent and presets
      2m 21s
    4. Working with images
      2m 37s
    5. Installing scripts
      1m 52s
  4. 9m 40s
    1. Comparing PDF and SWF presentations
      2m 5s
    2. Presenting from InDesign: Presentation mode
      2m 2s
    3. Presenting a SWF
      1m 50s
    4. Presenting a PDF
      1m 8s
    5. Creative tip: Practice your presentation
      2m 35s
  5. 33m 42s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 28s
    2. Previewing your layout with the Preview panel
      3m 25s
    3. Creative tip: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
      3m 11s
    4. Setting up a presentation with layers
      5m 21s
    5. Creating a navigation system
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a title and content slides
      4m 40s
    7. Overriding master page items
      3m 21s
    8. Setting page transitions
      2m 31s
    9. Creating hyperlinks
      2m 26s
    10. Using the slug for notes
      2m 14s
  6. 23m 30s
    1. Adding a Full Screen button with a tool tip
      4m 15s
    2. Creating PDF bookmarks in InDesign
      3m 19s
    3. Using a button to go to a specific page in a PDF
      3m 11s
    4. Using animation inside a PDF presentation
      6m 15s
    5. Exporting your presentation to interactive PDF
      4m 6s
    6. Creating a PDF Portfolio presentation
      2m 24s
  7. 29m 50s
    1. Exploring the Animating Encyclopedia Script
      6m 24s
    2. Using the Animation panel
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a list
      2m 28s
    4. Designing an alternate navigation
      3m 35s
    5. Creating a multistate object
      4m 25s
    6. Creating a page number indicator
      1m 59s
    7. Animating an opening page
      1m 53s
    8. Using Page Turn vs. Page Curls
      2m 4s
    9. Exporting your presentation to SWF
      2m 21s
    10. Watching out for transitions with animations
      1m 3s
  8. 24m 3s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 43s
    2. Creative tip: Breaking down a complex animation
      3m 2s
    3. Taming the Timing panel
      1m 43s
    4. Animating on a motion path
      3m 2s
    5. Creating a sound hot spot
      2m 34s
    6. Creating a slideshow with a multistate object
      1m 50s
    7. Creating a loaded button
      2m 43s
    8. Creating an interactive map
      4m 25s
    9. Creative tip: Have fun!
      3m 1s
  9. 15m 38s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 19s
    2. Creating the opening transition
      4m 20s
    3. Creating a logo slideshow
      2m 34s
    4. Animating the color palette
      3m 44s
    5. Combining multistate objects and buttons
      3m 41s
  10. 28m 45s
    1. What we're going to build
      1m 26s
    2. Building an interactive table of contents
      4m 19s
    3. Building a navigation system
      2m 9s
    4. Creating PDF-only buttons
      3m 1s
    5. Using a SWF slideshow in a PDF
      4m 14s
    6. Placing a video and using the Media panel
      3m 59s
    7. Setting navigation points
      3m 24s
    8. Placing a video from a URL
      2m 2s
    9. Creating URLs from hyperlinks
      4m 11s
  11. 22m 40s
    1. Preparing your layout for Export
      5m 7s
    2. Handing off your InDesign layout to Flash
      3m 11s
    3. Opening the FLA file in Flash CS5 Professional
      2m 33s
    4. Adding a stop command and testing the movie
      2m 22s
    5. Fixing the buttons
      3m 8s
    6. Importing a video into Flash
      1m 45s
    7. Editing the animations
      2m 59s
    8. Publishing a SWF
      1m 35s
  12. 17m 0s
    1. Avoiding legacy media
      1m 11s
    2. Converting a video into FLV with Adobe Media Encoder
      1m 52s
    3. Using the JPG Pass-Through filter
      2m 32s
    4. Avoiding compatibility issues
      3m 7s
    5. Slimming down your FLA
      2m 41s
    6. Sharing motion presets
      3m 40s
    7. Testing hyperlinks in a SWF
      1m 57s
  13. 34s
    1. Further Recommendations
      34s

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