Interactive PDFs do not support InDesign animations directly.
However, you may know, and may be referring to, a trick whereby you export an animation as a SWF, then re-place it on your ID page (while hiding the original animation in a layer you can turn off). When you export that page as an interactive PDF, the SWF will play the animation. Is that what you are referring to? If so, be sure you select the SWF that you have re-placed back on your page, then go to Interactive > Media and set the poster as current frame, and set to "Play on Page Load."
If this is not what you're doing, then not sure where the SWF fits in.
So, I have the document with all the text and images in it which is animated. What I am doing is exporting the entire document as an SWF file and then using Adobe Acrobat to create a pdf because as you know animations don't work in interactive pdf in Indesign. The only problem I have while I am playing the swf file is that, when I turn from page 1 to page 2 all the animations should start automatically like for example, the heading should come first and then the body and then the picture. But, what I am getting is the entire material on the page first and then after a few seconds everything starts accordingly as required. I just want everything to start as soon as I flip the page rather than having the entire material visible for a couple of seconds.
So you're exporting a SWF from InDesign, then converting it to PDF in Acrobat?
If so, suggest you take the SWF file you exported, and instead of converting in Acrobat, create a new ID file, File > Place the SWF file, then set the Media panel as I described above. Next, export all to Interactive PDF from InDesign. I believe this will correct the problem you're seeing from doing the conversion in Acrobat, assuming I've understood correctly what you've done.
Yes that's exactly what I am trying to do. So, let me try it doing your way and I will let you know if that works. Thanks for the help.
PDFs don'td support animations as you expect it.
SWF do. So it is possible to export an animated INDD to a SWF file.
You could place a SWF in InDesign and export this to an interactive PDF. This PDF can include the SWF animation, but it will only be visible if 1. the user uses Acrobat to open the PDF as other PDF reader will not recognize it and 2. the user has Adobe Flash installed. Since Acrobat XI a Flash Player is not automatically included as it was with Acrobat 9 and X. That also means that anyone who uses Acrobat on a Smart Phone (like iPhone) or Tablet Computer (like iPad) cannot see this content.
My recommendation: Don't use this stuff as a lot of recipients will be excluded.
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Good points, Will.
I would add one possible use of it, and it would be if you are creating a presentation that you will run on your own computer, so you know that it works. Having it in a PDF allows Full Screen and other conveniences that make it a reasonable solution, in this very isolated application.
I agree it's otherwise not widely distributable. Try the new Publish Online feature instead. There is much information about it on Adobe's site, as well as this article I recently wrote that you might find helpful: http://www.lynda.com/articles/indesign-animations-publish-online
The Publish feature is at the moment nor really usable for Germans.
- It is only available for EN versions.
- If you use it in the EN version, you can't use extended characters in the headline like ÄÖÜäöüß
Diane - This is so helpful, thanks. I've been struggling with this for a while and stumbled on your comment.
My old interactive PDF CV is now published online (and in need of an update!!)
The animation needs to be sped up dramatically.
Agreed, thanks for the feedback Bob :0)
Glad it worked out! And nice work, agree with Bob it would be good to speed animations up.
Publish Online is a great solution for many publications, especially one like your resume/portfolio. Here is a collection of some other Publish Online examples you might find interesting: https://indd.adobe.com/view/c2c7aa96-405e-488f-8902-e1d96c1bea4f
Have fun with it, and let me know if you have any more questions.