InDesign´s own SWF exporter does not produce good quality commercially usable interactive publications. Content is possible to make really "cool" and usable but almost perfect lack of usability bothers most of the publishers. There´s paractically no user interface for navigating in publication, no zoom feature etc. which are very important from end-user point of view.
You may want to check a third party tool called eDocker. I has been made for continuing where InDesign´s ability to produce usable interactive documents stops. You can use it to finalize your SWF exported from InDesign. You can download fully functioning trial for free.
Here´s couple of examples where content has been made in InDesign, and final result has been finalized with eDocker:
(really cool part starts from page 8, it´s kind of new way of making e-magazines)
(lot´s of animations, videos, mouse-overs etc... very well designed)
(very well designed consept with awsome user interface customization, eDocker allows that too)
What comes to your original question about centering SWF into middle of the screen, it´s possibe by editing HTML-wrapper file that indesign creates, or even by replacing it with the one made with free SWFObject tool.
Or how do you solve this problem (the file is in one corner and it won't fill the whole screen) when the file will be used in different computers with different screen resolutions?
Is there a way to make it atleast centered on the screen? It sucks when it is in one corner of the screen.
This thread demonstrates how to center a swf.
Ok, sounds good. But I don't even know where can I start using ths DIV coding (I'm that much of a noob). I mean do I need to have a special program for that or is it possible to do in a web browser? How does this information get attached to the SWF file (I have almost never programmed before ).
If all you need is changing few lines of code, you can do it by opening html-file to textEdit (mac) or wordPad (win)
How does this information get attached to the SWF file (I have almost never programmed before ).
When you export a swf from InDesign an HTML file is generated that displays the swf in a browser. If you read the #1 post in the above thread carefully it shows how to edit the InDesign generated HTML wrapper.
The other posts referring to SWFObject is more advanced, so you should start with the InDesign HTML
The damn textEdit and all the other programmes I have say that I'm missing flash player. When I go to the web page to get it, it says I have it already. After that I downloaded the latest version and it still says I am missing Flash player... I am using Mac. Anyone knows the reason for that?
In a window where you choose file for opening, check "Ignore Rich Text Formatting" at the bottom of the window.
The damn textEdit and all the other programmes I have say that I'm missing flash player.
You mean when you view your edited html in a browser the browser tells you the plugin is missing right? There's probably a problem with your HTML code. Can you post the page address?
I think OP means that when he tries to open html-file to textEdit it just shows the text that asks him to get Flash-Player. That´s because textEdit can normally show html-content, but not if html is just a wrapper for flash-file... Fortunately that can be bypassed by toggling Ignore Rich Text Formatting checkbox on.
Yes, you are right. Thank you very much for the help!