12 Replies Latest reply on Jan 15, 2017 10:49 AM by Sandee Cohen

    InDesign SWF Scroll Bar

    garyb5854400

      Hello!

       

      I'm working on an ID project for a friend of mine, and was looking at options for how to include text with a scroll bar on one of the pages. Are there any suggestions for this?

       

      I found an option to create a scroll bar in Animate, but I'm not sure how to transfer the project.

       

      Any help would be appreciated!

        • 1. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
          BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

          Why are you using SWF? It’s about as dead an end as there is.

          • 2. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
            garyb5854400 Level 1

            InDesign limits certain page transitions to SWF and the file I make needs to be easy to open with as few excess files as possible.

            • 3. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
              Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

              Gary,

               

              As long as you realize that you really can't rely on other people being able to play your SWF on their own computers and can't play the SWF on any tablets at all, and that you are pretty much the only person who will play the SWF, you're OK.

               

              But I don't think there is any scroll bar choice for SWF.

               

              Have you considered an FXL ePub or Publish Online?

              • 4. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                garyb5854400 Level 1

                Sandee Cohen wrote:

                 

                Gary,

                 

                As long as you realize that you really can't rely on other people being able to play your SWF on their own computers and can't play the SWF on any tablets at all, and that you are pretty much the only person who will play the SWF, you're OK.

                 

                But I don't think there is any scroll bar choice for SWF.

                 

                Have you considered an FXL ePub or Publish Online?

                I have considered epub. However, I was under the impression that epub would be limited to e-book readers. Is this incorrect?

                • 5. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                  BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                  Correct and still far more accessible than SWF.

                  • 6. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                    garyb5854400 Level 1

                    BobLevine wrote:

                     

                    Correct and still far more accessible than SWF.

                    Noted. The intention of this file is to provide this interactive ID project as a demo on a USB drive. Which file type would be recommended to allow for the widest available accessibility?

                    • 7. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                      BobLevine MVP & Adobe Community Professional

                      You need to tell use exactly what it is you’re hoping to accomplish with this project before we can answer that. But I will tell you that SWF is probably the worst possible choice you can make.

                      • 8. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                        Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

                        Publish Online is probably your best choice as it requres no player but works through a browser. It has all the interactivity of SWF with the exception of page transitions plus some MSO effects.

                         

                        Here is a gallery of examples of Publish Online documents.

                         

                        https://indd.adobe.com/view/c2c7aa96-405e-488f-8902-e1d96c1bea4f

                        • 9. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                          garyb5854400 Level 1

                          BobLevine wrote:

                           

                          You need to tell use exactly what it is you’re hoping to accomplish with this project before we can answer that. But I will tell you that SWF is probably the worst possible choice you can make.

                          My friend is in a band, and tasked me with creating an electronic booklet housing a 3-song EP and the band's bio information. I think he's going to a conference and would like to hand them out.

                          • 10. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                            Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

                            Boy, are you opening a can of worms.

                             

                            Hand out what on what media? USB flash drives are probably the best bet. But then what are the people going to click when they open the drive?

                             

                            SWF is not the right thing at all.

                             

                            Publish Online would probably be the best.  You could put the songs online as well as on the drive.

                             

                            But if it were me, I'd make an interactive PDF with a link to the Publish Online document.

                             

                            But there are so many "gotchas" in this project that my head is spinning.

                            • 11. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                              garyb5854400 Level 1

                              Sandee Cohen wrote:

                               

                              Boy, are you opening a can of worms.

                               

                              Hand out what on what media? USB flash drives are probably the best bet. But then what are the people going to click when they open the drive?

                               

                              SWF is not the right thing at all.

                               

                              Publish Online would probably be the best. You could put the songs online as well as on the drive.

                               

                              But if it were me, I'd make an interactive PDF with a link to the Publish Online document.

                               

                              But there are so many "gotchas" in this project that my head is spinning.

                              Thank you Sandee. I remade my entire project to be uploaded through Publish Online, and found a working scrollbar to use. Everything is functional now! I only have one question regarding Publish Online: Does it support page transitions?

                              • 12. Re: InDesign SWF Scroll Bar
                                Sandee Cohen Adobe Community Professional

                                No PubOnline doesn't support page transitions such as page turn but you can "fake" page transitions by using animations to dissolve over a previous "page" even though you stay on the original page.