Am looking with great interest at catalyst. I have downloaded the trial and can see its gonna be a learning curve so I wanted to ask if the following is achievable before starting.
I create tender documents for our company in indesign using a book comprising 10 or more sections with auto page numbering etc.
In the PDF that is created I wanted a few interactive elements. Nothing too silly. i was thinking instead of a static contents page something a little more interesting, or perhaps for key sections of the document very subtle animations etc.
Can I in some way integrate flash elements within a PDF? And can I apply this to my indesign documents reasonably simply?
So for example the PDF would comprise a static front cover, and then the contents page would have a little animation in the back ground with buttons to click to get to the main sections, perhaps with a roll over showing a brief description and then the main bulk of the PDF would be simple static text/pictures as one might expect in a Tender.
I am running CS4 at the moment and a trial of Cataylst.
Can I do the above, either with or without flash and can I do this in anyone in indesign already but never spotted it!
Sounds like you would just want to make an interactive PDF.
It is pretty easy to do in InDesign.
I believe you can still import Flash files into InDesign with a simple Place command.
I played in indesign for a fair while with the interactive tools and they are not very good. They are not very good in CS5 either, unless I am being a spoon.
The simpliest command of goto a page does not even work. I only works within the document you are in where as I work in books. So if I am putting nice buttons on the contents page it can only goto pages within the contents page. Which is not very useful.
I cannot fathom how I would get flash to do what I want either