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Multimedia in PDFs withFrameMaker-to-AcrobatTimeSavers &Multimedia AssistantShlomo Perets, microtype.com
1   Overview    Enriching docs with multimedia applies to:    ■   Software documentation        ●   User guides           ...
2   Why use multimedia?    ■   Accommodate different learning styles        (visual demo vs. text-intensive)    ■   Intern...
3   Multimedia in tech docs    ■   “Show Me” videos    ■   Software simulations    ■   Interactive tutorials / quizzes    ...
4   Media creation    ■   Screen recorders (Captivate, Camtasia)        ●   Editing capabilities        ●   Support for an...
5   Adding multimedia in Acrobat    ■   Can add multimedia features to        PDFs in Acrobat    ■   But… these feature “d...
6   FrameMaker & multimedia    ■   In all versions, can link to external        files through a hypertext marker:        m...
7   FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers    ■   Can create links/bookmarks to        QuickTime/AVI movie files through        hypertex...
8   Multimedia Assistant    ■   TimeSavers extension    ■   Can link (local/web-based files)        or embed multimedia fi...
9   Playback location    ■   Floating Window    ■   In Document    ■   Full Screen    ■   Hidden (useful for sound-only me...
10   Software demos playback     ■   “In Document” and “Full Screen”         typically distort the display of software    ...
11   Floating window parameters     ■   Title     ■   Close button     ■   Positioning (relative to document,         appl...
12   Related actions & properties     ■   Media activated through links,         bookmarks, form fields, page actions     ...
13   Additional enhancements     ■   Activation of media through form fields,         with additional options – Form Assis...
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Multimedia in PDFs with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers & Multimedia Assistant

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Learn how you can embed/link to audio or video files (filmed or software demos) from PDFs created in FM, without the tedious work of inserting the link/file and defining playback properties every time the PDF is updated.
With Multimedia Assistant, you use hypertext markers to define access (embed or link) to local/web-based multimedia files in all formats supported by Acrobat/Reader, so that the defined features are automatically present in the PDF file.

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Multimedia in PDFs with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers & Multimedia Assistant

  1. 1. Multimedia in PDFs withFrameMaker-to-AcrobatTimeSavers &Multimedia AssistantShlomo Perets, microtype.com
  2. 2. 1 Overview Enriching docs with multimedia applies to: ■ Software documentation ● User guides ● Reference ● Online help ● Tutorials ■ Hardware documentation ● Installation ● User tutorials ● Service manuals ● Part catalogs ● Interactive Electronic Technical Manuals (IETM)
  3. 3. 2 Why use multimedia? ■ Accommodate different learning styles (visual demo vs. text-intensive) ■ International audience; reduces text translation/localization ■ Internet generation ■ Intuitive knowledge transfer to users ■ Processes/products can be difficult to describe, but easily understood visually
  4. 4. 3 Multimedia in tech docs ■ “Show Me” videos ■ Software simulations ■ Interactive tutorials / quizzes ■ Interactive graphics Sample PDFs are available at www.microtype.com, Showcase section
  5. 5. 4 Media creation ■ Screen recorders (Captivate, Camtasia) ● Editing capabilities ● Support for annotations and highlight elements; narration; interaction ■ Digital cameras ■ Scientific visualizations (Maple, Mathematica, MATLAB) ■ Audio / Images
  6. 6. 5 Adding multimedia in Acrobat ■ Can add multimedia features to PDFs in Acrobat ■ But… these feature “disappear” when you redistill (after updating FrameMaker source files) ■ It is not practical to re-create features every time the source file is converted to PDF
  7. 7. 6 FrameMaker & multimedia ■ In all versions, can link to external files through a hypertext marker: message openfile file.ext ● Launched in an external application ● No control over movie or its play parameters ■ Starting with FM8, can also embed SWF movies in PDFs (File > Import > File) ● Playback location in PDF: “In Document” only
  8. 8. 7 FM-to-Acrobat TimeSavers ■ Can create links/bookmarks to QuickTime/AVI movie files through hypertext alert markers: ● ~MovieLink ● ~MovieFloatLink ● ~MovieURLLink ● ~MovieBmk ■ Example: alert ~MovieURLLink (MovieTitle) (www.microtype.com/sample.mov)
  9. 9. 8 Multimedia Assistant ■ TimeSavers extension ■ Can link (local/web-based files) or embed multimedia files ■ Supports all formats that are supported by Acrobat/Reader, including: SWF, MPEG, WMV, AVI, QuickTime, WAV, AIFF, MP3, JPEG FLV (Acrobat/Reader 9)
  10. 10. 9 Playback location ■ Floating Window ■ In Document ■ Full Screen ■ Hidden (useful for sound-only media)
  11. 11. 10 Software demos playback ■ “In Document” and “Full Screen” typically distort the display of software demos, as the variable magnification in Acrobat causes movie resizing ■ For optimal display results: “Floating Window” at native dimensions ■ If you must use “In Document”: 96 dpi in 100% zoom
  12. 12. 11 Floating window parameters ■ Title ■ Close button ■ Positioning (relative to document, application window, monitor) ■ Location (center, corners) ■ Resizing: no / yes (preserve / don’t preserve aspect ratio)
  13. 13. 12 Related actions & properties ■ Media activated through links, bookmarks, form fields, page actions ■ Actions include: Play, Stop, Pause, Resume, Restart ■ Can show movie segments (specify starting/ending point) ■ Control speed
  14. 14. 13 Additional enhancements ■ Activation of media through form fields, with additional options – Form Assistant ■ Dynamic 3D graphics (hardware) – 3D Assistant

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