The size of these files has never been what you'd get out of Flash and
likely never will be.
I'm aware of that Bob, but I am not a Flash programmer and never will be, so I want to be as efficient as I can with InDesign. The projects I've created have been very well received and there is a market for them, I just need to work on getting the file sizes down if possilbe; I am assuming there are at least a few things that can be done to minimize the file sizes of InDesign Interactive SWF's.
None I know of and quite honestly, with the proliferation of mobile
devices, SWF is something there's less and less market for.
I don't think there's much you're going to be able to do with that. I
would seriously recommend that you look at Adobe Edge for HTML5 based
I understand all this, but there is a market for what I am working on; I build mobile and tablet versions as well so that all the bases are covered. Until the tools that are out there catch up to the capability of Flash, I'll continue to build interactive SWF's.
Can I private message you a link so you can see an example? As far as I know, there is no way to efficiently replicate what i've built in InDesign any other way... very frustrating, but the nature of the beast I suppose.
There's really nothing I can offer on this or I would take a look. The size of exported SWF files has been an issue since that feature was added. What you may want to do is download a trial of CS6 if you're using something earlier and see if that makes a difference.
Do you have lot´s of extracted PSD-files in your document? They are usually bloating the file size because InDesign does not use JPG with them (even if you choose JPG)... instead of that, PNG will be used.
There´s other tips in our FAQ:
Open Other Issues tab and scroll down to > My magazine`s file size is HUGE! How can I optimize it?
The way you host your files may influence significantly to the loading speed. We have couple of clients who has really put effort to the server side and make sure all the caching tricks are in use. Their SWFs are loading really fast every time, because they are stored in server´s cache memory. I´m not sure if you can do that sort of stuff with GoDaddy servers tough....
ps. we are releasing soon a new distribuiton solution called eDocker Library. It can be used for distributing eDocker projects, plain PDF files on practically any HTML/HTML5 content to any Win/Mac/iOS/Android user.... distributed content can be free/paid, public/private so system can be used for selling publications as well as making corporate inHouse distributions....