I don't work in Flash at all, but as far as I know there's no secret about page transitions being .SWF only.
Thanks for the posting.
While they're pretty terse, the InDesign Help files are pretty clear about whether things can be exported or not.
"Movies and sound clips you add to a document can be played when the document is exported to Adobe PDF or SWF, or when you export the document to XML and repurpose the tags." (Doesn't mention FLA files.)
"Page transitions display a decorative effect such as a dissolve or wipe when you’re turning pages in a document that is exported to SWF or PDF format. You can apply different transitions to different pages, or you can apply a single transition to all the pages. Page transitions are especially useful when you create a slideshow in PDF or SWF format." (Doesn't mention FLA files.)
"Animation effects let you make objects move in your exported SWF files. For example, you can apply a motion preset to an image that makes it appear to fly in from the left side of the screen while shrinking and spinning. Use the following tools and panels to animate documents." (Doesn't mention FLA files.)
"When you export your InDesign document to FLA file format, you can open the file in Adobe Flash® CS5 Professional to edit the contents. Exporting to FLA in InDesign CS5 format replaces XFL export in InDesign CS4. Use the Flash authoring environment to edit or add video, audio, animation, and complex interactivity." (The last sentence says you should do those things in Flash Professional.)
I don't really know anything about this (and I avoid Flash as much as possible;a lot fewer ads that way!), but is there a technical reason for this behavior? Or a market reason? Just curious...
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Why dont you use exported Swf as content in your AIR app? I have created many magazine type AIR apps that way. You just have to create simple loader in Flash, that loader loads your exported SWF to the stage. Then you simply compile the whole thing to AIR app... Takes few minutes and all the interactive features you have added in indesign work seamlessly...
I have gotten pretty far with actionscript now, so that I see what is possible, and it is pretty powerful. But it will take more time to do what I would want to do. So your solution sounds great.
Thanks very much,
Thanks for the pointers. Yes, it does seem to be by what is omitted in documentation is how one has to learn what is not possible. But when all the docuements and video say, create in inDesign and import to flash to "add" more behavior, that implies you can add more to your file, not that what you created will be dismantled. It seems it would be very helpful to outline in inDesign, what will happen when you load your file into Flash, so that as designers, you don't waste your time thinking the interface will behave in the wonderfiul way it does in inDesign. You are not just adding behaviors, you are rebuilding the file, and pretty much just using inDesign for layout, (which is great), and for simple animations that are not interactive. All interactivity you add in inDesign has to be re-created in Flash.
Please believe I am a great fan of Adobe, and their products. I think this added documentation would add to the strength of what CS offers.
Or, even better, if the FLA would have the capacity to import the transitions and interactivity from inDesign into Flash!