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In InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations, Adobe Certified Instructor and designer James Fritz shows print designers how to use InDesign by itself and in conjunction Flash Professional to layout and design a wide range of digital documents. The course provides a tour of digital publishing trends, showing real-world examples of what can be achieved through InDesign. Several start-to-finish projects are also included, such as creating a presentation with transitions and animations, and building an interactive microsite. Exercise files accompany the course.
As you know, photos can be of different file types, like JPEG, TIF, or PSD. Video and audio can be of a variety of formats as well. To ensure smooth transition in your interactive documents, you want to be sure that your media is in the right format before you import it into InDesign. Looking at this chart, you can see we have three different columns. We have got the QuickTime legacy Media column, the Flash Media, and the Acrobat 9 support column. Though the QuickTime legacy media format is supported by Acrobat and the Flash Media is supported by Acrobat, Acrobat supports all of the formats, whereas Flash only supports the Flash formats.
It doesn't support the legacy. If you need to convert your legacy video files into Flash-based media, you need to convert it with the Adobe Media Encoder. To learn more about converting your video using the Adobe Media Encoder, watch the next lesson in this chapter. To convert your Audio files from .aiff or .wave to .mp3, you can use the free iTunes application. As you can see from this chart, Flash- based media is supported by both the Flash Player and Acrobat 9. Therefore, it's safest to use Flash- based media, regardless if you're exporting to Acrobat or to Flash.
Knowing the correct file types of media to use with InDesign allows you to convert your media to the correct format from the beginning, rather than having to worry about changing your format later on.
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