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Publishing a SWF

Publishing a SWF: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations
Publishing a SWF: InDesign CS5: Interactive Documents and Presentations

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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? doesn't seem to be working.

Unfortunately, the content is no longer available on Adobe's site. However, the files are currently available at

The author also posted an article related to the project at

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.

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