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Interactive documents for Ipad?...

Mar 14, 2013 3:27 AM

Hello Everyone,

 

I have spent hours reading up on this and not made any progress so far so need some help.

 

I am being given the task of converting training manuals to a digital format for use with iPads. These will be training documents with will include hundreds of pages with embedded chapter links etc, and hopefully the possibility of animated footage for simple explinations / diagrams (whole point of upgrading to digital documents).

 

I have read that PDF files won't work for this as the readers don't display animations... is this still correct?

 

If so then which format should I be building it in / converting it to so we can have it loaded onto staff iPads for them to view.. I have heard the possibility of HTML may work and have full use of page interactivity for hyperlinks and animation files? 

 

 

Kind regards, William.

 
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    Mar 14, 2013 4:59 AM   in reply to wchestnutt

    You could use DPS but if you need private distribution for a large number of people you'll need a very expensive Enterprise account.

     

    OTOH if only a few people need access you could use the Adobe Content Viewer to distribute it internally for free.

     

    Bob

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 9:42 AM   in reply to wchestnutt

    You cannot send the folio anywhere. Each user would need an Adobe ID and

    you would share the folio with them that way.

     

    They would log into the ACV and then download the folio.

     

    Bob

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 9:56 AM   in reply to wchestnutt

    You need the DPS tools to create folios but if you distribute via the

    ACV, there is no cost.

     

    You upload your folio to the Adobe servers at

    digitialpublishing.acrobat.com and those you share with would download

    from there via the ACV.

     

    Bob

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 9:59 AM   in reply to wchestnutt

    Incorrect. You cannot create an IPA without a DPS license and an Apple

    Developer account and if you want to create and IPA for internal use

    only you'd need Enterprise level accounts with Adobe and Apple.

     

    Bob

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 10:53 AM   in reply to Bob Levine

    There is a sort of 'way in between'. On a ios developer account you can add different iPads with there unique serial, I believe a maximum of 99? You could, in theory, attach each iPad and copy the .ipa on them you have downloaded from the builder (the 'test' ipa you otherwise would upload to Apple). But far more easy would be making a special Adobe ID where everyone can log into with their iPad in Adobe Content Viewer. But here is also a maximum around 99 I believe.

    If you need 'private' distribution (so not through thevApp Store) the very, very, very expensive enterprise account is the way to go.

    Or, sorry Adobe, use Apple iBooks author of course! ;-)

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 11:30 AM   in reply to Frans van der Geest

    There is no maximum to the number of people logged into the ACV and the

    problem with using a developer IPA is that it will expire.

     

    Bob

     

    Frans van der Geest <mailto:forums_noreply@adobe.com>

    Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:53 PM

     

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    Mar 14, 2013 4:06 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    Bob,

     

    I can't understand why, for distributing an app privately, we need an enterprise account which is very expensive.

     

    Let me explain.

    If I'm with CreativeCloud, for the Adobe side, I can do Apps without cost.

     

    For the Apple side, I might join the program that costs $ 299 a year, I do not feel so expensive:

     

    https://developer.apple.com/programs/ios/enterprise/

     

    What do I miss?

     

    Thank you!

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 4:19 PM   in reply to Xevi_faq2

    That's kind of how it works. I'm just a volunteer here, not an Adobe

    employee.

     

    Bob

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 4:33 PM   in reply to Bob Levine

    I know you very well, Bob, and I appreciate your efforts in this forum.

     

    Perhaps I have not been able to clearly explain my question.

     

    I understand what you say, it's Adobe who force me to have a Enterprise, we agree that it is expensive.

     

    Do you think there is any drawback to the part of Adobe, if I do a Single App Edition, and then distribute the program Enterprise privately with Apple.

     

    Adobe does not let me do?

     
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    Mar 14, 2013 4:45 PM   in reply to Xevi_faq2

    You need an enterprise level DPS account to create an enterprise signed app.

     

    Bob

     

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    Thursday, March 14, 2013 7:34 PM

     

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    Mar 15, 2013 2:08 AM   in reply to wchestnutt

    Some PDF viewers on iOS support multimedia, but not most. Are you able to purchase and mandate the use of a particular PDF viewer? What sort of animated footage are you talking about?

     
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    Mar 15, 2013 4:58 AM   in reply to wchestnutt

    When you actually see what's involved and what's included you'll see that, while expensive, it's hardly a rip off.

     

    As for your PDFs please keep in mind that SWF is not supported on iPad or most other mobile devices.

     

    Bob

     
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  • George Johnson
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    Mar 15, 2013 12:17 PM   in reply to wchestnutt

    You should look into Readdle's PDF Expert. I know it supports mp4 videos included as RMAs (Rich Media Annotation) in a PDF. You may have to convert your current content to something that's supported, if possible.

     
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    Mar 15, 2013 12:32 PM   in reply to George Johnson

    I'm also a big fan of PDF Expert for multimedia.

     
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