Join James Fritz for an in-depth discussion in this video Publishing a SWF, part of InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations.
Now that we have made all of the necessary edits to our file, we will need to publish it into a SWF, so it could be deployed on the web. With all the changes finished in our layout, we are going into File > Publish Settings. Inside Publish Settings, we can choose the directory that the Flash and HTML file will go to. I am going to click on the little folder over here, and I am going to choose my Desktop for the SWF. I am going to choose the Desktop for my HTML file. We can also produce static images for the layout, but we don't need to do that right now. We do have the option to create stand- alone projectors for the Mac and Windows.
This means someone will be able to run this movie without having to have the Flash Player installed. Inside the Flash tab, I'll leave the player at Flash Player 10, because we are going to be using the Flash TLF engine, and we don't have to worry about anything inside HTML tab. Back in Formats, now that we are ready to publish, we want to hit the Publish button. If we click OK, we wouldn't have published anything. We'll click Publish and we will publish everything to our desktop, and on our desktop we can double-click on the publishing.html file. Now inside our web browser you can take a look at the finished product.
We have the Rollover button that goes to the next page. We have our movie. (Music playing) Each page has its animations, and they seem to stop on every page. If your layout needs more interactivity or the file size is too large, this is when you would pass along your Flash assets to a Developer. By learning the basics of Flash you can get a sense of what a Flash developer will be doing as they finish your document.
- Studying new trends in digital design
- Creating a PDF and SWF presentation
- Building different navigation systems
- Creating interactive slideshows
- Animating a presentation as a SWF in InDesign
- Designing an interactive microsite
- Adding video and audio to a document
- Building an interactive TOC with buttons
- Using InDesign and Flash to build an interactive catalog
- InDesign to Flash production tips
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: I am having trouble creating a YouTube-linked video to play on a page in SWF or interactive PDF. I've followed the tutorial, but I keep getting a message that the video should be Flash compliant. How do I link directly to a YouTube video?
A: It is not possible to link directly to a YouTube video through copy and pasting the URL on the page. In order to link to the video, you need the exact link to the .flv video file.
Are the source files for the interactive publication Born Presents still available? www.adobe.com/products/indesign/customers doesn't seem to be working.
Unfortunately, the content is no longer available on Adobe's site. However, the files are currently available at http://download.macromedia.com/pub/indesign/born_bookpreview_source.zip.
The author also posted an article related to the project at http://indesignsecrets.com/born-presents-interactive-publication-with-source-files.php.
Q: When I add audio to my multi-page project and export it as a PDF, why doesn't the music play past the first page?
A: Unfortunately, there is no way to have an MP3 play across multiple pages of a PDF. It looks like you could because of the wording of the Media panel when you have an MP3 selected, but that isn't the case. You can have an MP3 play across pages of a SWF, which is why that option exists.
This is an inconvenience, but we're not aware of a way around this limitation inside a PDF. You could try making one really big PDF and have buttons jump to another part of the page (using anchors), but every one would have to be on 1 page.
Q: Why does an ugly gray box appear when the audio is played. The author keeps the audio on the pasteboard, which for me, does not play the audio at all when exported. It only plays when on the page.
A: If you are seeing a gray box, make sure that you have set a poster for the audio file. Select the frame and open the Media panel, where you can select your own raster image as a poster frame or just leave it as none. You could also check to see if your frame has a fill applied to it, since there is a chance you could have accidentally applied an
object style or a fill.
1. Trends in Digital Design
2. Setting Up InDesign for Designing Digital Documents
3. Presentation File Format Options and Tips
4. Creating a Simple PDF or SWF Slide Presentation
5. Adding Advanced PDF Presentation Options
6. Building the Presentation as a Complex SWF File
7. Creating an Interactive Microsite
8. Creating an interactive Mood Board
9. Creating an Interactive Catalog
10. Converting from InDesign to Flash Professional
11. Production Tips for Going from InDesign to Flash
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