The new InDesign CC 2014.1 update now support using InDesign's native interactivity controls (created for SWF export) with FXL export.
These are of course a lot more modest than what Edge Animate can do, but if you're looking to create simple animations using InDesign Objects, or buttons which can show and hide InDesign Objects, control Object States, video and audio, there is a lot available here.
Thanks. Douglas.Waterfall. I am not sure what FXL means. I've since looked at a few Edge Animate tutorials, and read things that imply that these will work in epub/ibooks, but I'm hearing conflicting reports. I guess I won't know until I try it.
FXL = Fixed Layout
I've used Flash. There are more possibilities for animation than Edge. FlashCC will conveniently publish the animations as html5, which will play in the EPUB. InDesign doesn't yet know how to add them conveniently, but I've figured out how to do it. It's not too bad. Feel free to email me off-forum if you like.
Flash is a dying technology. There is no support for Flash in EPUB, and it's likely it will never be added.
@Steve – you are right about the technology "Flash".
But using the Flash app (CC or CC 2014) does still qualify for creating animations. The more because you can convert them to HTML 5 canvas. One downside however of using canvas is pixelation if you are zoom the animation. But I guess with HTML5 created with Edge Animate it's the same problem. Just had once this issue…
What's missing is a decent app or a conversion mechanism to SVG Animations…
With SVG Animations zooming is no problem at all. You always get a high res rendering experience.
Perhaps Flash is on its way out with respect to swf output, but the html5 canvas renditions are compatible with epub3. I'm using them even now. It is true that one must jiggle the output from InDesign, but that's actually not very hard. Being a biologist and not a programmer, it feels to me (and I emphasize the word feels, meaning emotion rather than rational thought) that it shouldn't be too hard to have ID handle the Flash html5 animations without our having go edit the epub post hoc. Basically, give it the .js libraries and tell it to set up the canvas.
--Jose (middle name)