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QUALCOMM multimedia developers can now put Flash ‘movies’ right into a PDF that anyone can view on any platform.

The secret: Adobe Framemaker 8
While other programs let you save in SWF format, only Framemaker 8 lets you directly import Flash SWFs as graphics. Amazingly, your Flash animations... and your Captivate control bars... and your audios... still work after the Frame document is saved as a PDF! And you can have more than one SWF on a Frame page, just like regular graphics. SWFs work best when imported samesize (bring in at 94 custom dpi, copy into document).

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[ If viewing in PDF, click above image to run movie ]

This has an immediate implication: existing documents can have still-image graphics replaced with same-size SWF animations, adding value to the PDF version of the document without affecting its ‘look and feel’ or printability. To keep the same original document ‘look and feel’, make a same-size bitmap of the document image and use the bitmap as the Captivate preload image via Edit > Preferences > Project > Start and End > Project Start Options. The document will now show the preload image instead of a blank FlashPlayer motif. The user clicks on the image to start the animation.
Jon Donahue, Multimedia Designer, QCT TechPubs Web & Tools Group

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PDF security insists on alerting the user the first time any SWF animation is clicked.

After you give an OK for any one animation, any other animations in the document are ready to run... you won’t see the security message twice. You can’t turn off the warning message from inside your PDF... only users can get rid of the warning messages, via their Acrobat Trust Manager settings. Framemaker 8 doesn’t play favorites -- you can import animated SWFs made in Flash, Adobe Captivate and Presenter, Articulate, Xara, Swish, or Wink (hey, it’s free). You can also embed videos turned into SWFs via Videozilla or Camtasia. And, you can can import still-image SWFs made from programs like Illustrator... but you really don’t want to. Instead, save the art from Illustrator or Visio as PDFs. Then import the PDFs as still-image graphics to let the user take full advantage of Acrobat’s Zoom tool.

SHOCKING!
World’s most amazing Zoom! 6400%!!! Try it out...

Test PDF graphic from Visio
Visio print-to-file (*.ps), then to CM PDF dropbox, or into Distiller to make PDF
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You can enhance Visio by bringing in text boxes and graphics from Word... just about everything except Sparkle Text.

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What this means Frame 8’s ability to directly import and embed SWF content is the start of an historic change in the development of illustrated books. For the first time, anyone can easily publish -- in the ubiquitous PDF format -- a work with moving images and sound... without sacrificing traditional printmedia page layout and typography. The key word is easily ...Frame 8 really opens the door for non-technical authors and illustrators to create and control all production aspects without having to depend on technical staff to compile final output. This can only get better, as more programs allow importing SWFs for embedding into the output PDF. The message for today’s tech writers and trainers? Build in animated content when you plan your documents -- it’s easy, you can do it, and you can do it right now with available software. Like FlashPaper 2 (see next page).

Jon Donahue, Multimedia Designer, QCT TechPubs Web & Tools Group

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FlashPaper 2
FlashPaper 2 lets you print any document to SWF format, the same way that many programs let you print to PDF format. FlashPaper 2 SWF conversion allows inclusion of multipage documents in your Framemakergenerated PDF. And, the FlashPaper SWF ‘shell’ includes page turning, zoom, and text-search controls. This makes it very easy for readers to immediately view information referred to in the main PDF... without having to go to Agile or other intranet storage locations.

An STC Powerpoint presentation.

FlashPaper wants to ‘print’ a whole 8.5 x 11 page, either portrait or landscape... it will get confused if you try to print custom page sizes. But it works fine for all standard-sized documents and Powerpoint presentations. Note: you can’t change the preload image in FlashPaper itself. But... if you import the FlashPaper SWF into Captivate (size your single-slide .CP project to be the same size as the FlashPaper SWF), you can then make a preload bitmap (same size as the project). Works fine! Unfortunately, now that Adobe’s bought Macromedia, FlashPaper 2 is no longer an $80 standalone product. To get it these days, Adobe wants you to buy Creative Suite 3 ($1,500, mega kah-ching!) ...but it also was part of Macromedia Contribute 2 and 3, and Studio 8, and probably other older Macromedia programs. You may already have it installed! Check your list of printers for ‘Macromedia FlashPaper’. Next in this series... Using Artificial Voices ...coming soon!
Jon Donahue, Multimedia Designer, QCT TechPubs Web & Tools Group

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