Export to SWF
As a final step to creating the interactive content, it needs to either be exported to the .SWF format for publishing to a website, or exported to .FLA so it can be opened in Adobe Flash.
- With the document open, choose File > Export.
- In the Export dialog box, choose Flash Player (SWF) from the Format menu if you want to publish the file to be put on a web page. Choose Flash CS5 Professional (FLA) if you want to be able to open the .FLA file in Adobe Flash or hand it over to someone else who does.
- Click Save.
In the Export SWF dialog box, there are a lot of settings you can choose from to export the file. I will discuss a few of the key settings.
With the Basic tab selected:
- If you are inserting this Flash content (.SWF) into an existing web page, you can deselect Generate HTML File.
- To create an animation that is transparent where there was no content on the page in InDesign, choose Transparent for the Background.
- To allow for the Flash “Page Curl,” make sure that Include Interactive Page Curl is selected. This creates a way to navigate that involves clicking or clicking and dragging in the lower–right or lower–left corners of the animation, much like turning the page of a book (see Figure 16).
Figure 16 Set the export options.