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How to create a search box in a .SWF

Apr 10, 2012 1:33 PM

I would like to create a search box in Indesign for use in my .swf interactive catalog. I want my customer to be able to use the interactive flip book feature but also be able to type an item number in a search box that would take them to the page the item number is on. I'm using .jpeg images of my catalog so the item numbers aren't exactly in a text box in the Indesign document, however I suppose I can create text boxes for all item numbers on there specific pages if that will help the process and then just make the numbers not visible. I don't know....? Anybody have a solution or workaround??? Thanks

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    Apr 10, 2012 2:22 PM   in reply to MayflowDist

    That is not even close to being possible in InDesign.




    And from your description that doesn’t sound like a very good use of Flash, either.




    How is this to be distributed?





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    Apr 10, 2012 3:03 PM   in reply to MayflowDist

    With eDocker you can add simple keyword search to your SWF (+ quite many other extra features) but you must have your item numbers as live text in InDesign.


    Here´s one public sample:


    Try for instance word private.


    More about eDocker: /

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    Apr 13, 2012 9:01 AM   in reply to MayflowDist

    It sounds like you need to learn Flash and ActionScript.

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    Apr 13, 2012 11:43 AM   in reply to MayflowDist

    By the way it´s aprx. 500USD flat fee, not per year...


    but I get your point. I have searched all kinds of solutions for 3 years and there´s very few. And nothing even close to search, exept eDocker. That´s mainly because those SWF files InDesign creates are practically impossible to search. InDesign splits all the words to smaller segments, so there´s nothing to search for. eDocker´s search is based on separate XML file which is created in InDesign. All the text of the whole document is stored in that XML. Search is not searching SWF, it is searching that XML instead....


    But good luck for your search, and if you find something, let us know...=)

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