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Integrating web-based videos in your PDFs (with FrameMaker-to Acrobat TimeSavers & Multimedia Assistant)

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  • 1. ShlomoPerets microtype.comIntegratingweb-basedvideos in your PDFswith FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers& Multimedia Assistant
  • 2. 1 OverviewEnriching docs with videos applies to:■ Software documentation■ Hardware documentation● User guides ● Reference● Online help ● Tutorials● Installation ● User tutorials● Service manuals ● Part catalogs● Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals(IETM)
  • 3. 2 Whyusevideos?■ Accommodate different learning styles(visual demo vs. text-intensive)■ “Internet” generation■ International audience;reduces text translation/localization■ Intuitive knowledge transfer to users■ Processes/products can be difficult todescribe, but easily understood visually
  • 4. 3 Web-basedvideos■ Pros:● PDF file size is minimally affected(as videos are not embedded)● Can update movies anytime(without having to resend PDFs)■ Cons:● End-users need to have a web connectionNote: Can embed a low-res version of the video, but displaya web-based high-res version if a web connection is available
  • 5. 4 AddingvideosinAcrobat■ Can add video to PDFs in Acrobat(or adjust its settings)■ But… these features “disappear”when you re-distill (after updatingFrameMaker source files)■ It is not practical to re-create featuresevery time the source file is convertedto PDF
  • 6. 5 “Nativemedia”MM-Asstshortcuts■ Require Acrobat / Reader 9 or later■ FLV/SWF/MP3 (played by built-in Flashplayer included in Adobe Acrobat/Reader)■ Media is web-based or embedded in PDF■ TimeSavers shortcuts can optionallyinclude activation/playback parametersalert ~swf (http://pics.ebaystatic.com/aw/pics/swf/UPI-FINAL-APR.swf) /xi [478 336](cc_load_policy=1) (unpaidcase)
  • 7. 6 Defaultvideoplaybacklocation■ Floating Window● Highly recommended for the optimal displayof screen capture demos (floating windimensions = intrinsic video dimensions)■ In Document● Fine with “photographic” videos● If you must use “In Document” with screencapture demos, set the initial zoom for thePDF (by default, 100% zoom = 96 dpi)
  • 8. 7 Videosharingservers■ Embedded SWF is the video player■ Movie parameters (site- and player-specific) are specified through theFlashVars parameterNote: If possible, disable advertisements inyour video sharing server account settings
  • 9. 8 Examplesalert ~swf (player54-yt-as3) /vi9 [ ](file=youtube.com/v/1GQ0r-5ufC4&autoplay=0&modestbranding=1&autohide=1&showinfo=0&rel=0&autoplay=0&showinfo=0&showsearch=0&hd=1) (PeelTomato)alert ~swf (http://vimeo.com/moogaloop) /xi [ ](clip_id=31933085&server=vimeo.com&autoplay=1&title=0) (drawappindoc)alert ~swf (flvplayer-sc2) /xi [320 258](autostart=true&content=http://content.screencast.com/users/ShlomoPerets/folders/Default/media/0319bf51-946b-4397-8714-a6ca6d7225af/CandleCue.FLV) (CandleExperiment)
  • 10. 9 Videoactivationthrough… A■ Clicking in the media area■ “Page action” (through the mediaparameters): when the page containing itis opened or visible
  • 11. 10 Videoactivationthrough… B■ Links (implemented via Acrobat JavaScript):alert ~RmPlayLink (LetterParts.swf)■ Bookmarks (implemented viaAcrobat JavaScript):alert ~RmPlayBmk (Video of Experiment) /e3(Candle.flv)Note: bookmarks/links can activate a media only if that mediais present on current page. When activated by bookmarks,media should be present on all pages, preferably throughmaster pages (this does not increase file size).
  • 12. 11 End-userone-timesetupEnd users need to configure their AdobeReader preferences to avoid security alerts:1 Edit > Preferences (or Ctrl+K)2 In the Categories panel, select TrustManager, then click Change Settings3 In the Manage Internet Access, select● “Allow PDF files to access all web sites”, or● Custom / “Let me specify…”, indicate siteand select “Allow access”

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