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Dynamic Media: Music, Video, Animation, and the Web in Adobe PDF

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Flash animation, music and videos, virtual reality 3D, and more—in a PDF? Yes!

Acrobat documents “converged” with audio, video, and interactive content— it’s the wave of the future and it’s called rich media. Do you want to get your video and audio content out into the world in a more convenient way than on the Web? Are you looking for a way to share rich-media content with the broadest possible range of readers? Print publishers, advertisers, educators, and anyone else who’s ready to leverage the power of PDF and Adobe Reader can benefit from learning about the possibilities of this new convergence technology. In the first book of its kind, rich-media PDF pioneer Bob Connolly presents an eye-opening overview of the world of PDFs that contain video, audio, and interactive elements. Dozens of case studies illustrate the nearly limitless potential of rich media. And the best part about the book is that it practices what it preaches, with a fully interactive rich-media version of the book on the accompanying CDROM. Readers can experience first-hand the power of rich-media PDFs through interactive animation, videos, and audio.

  • Walk through the process of constructing rich-media PDFs on the fly using a Web server

  • Learn which applications work together for building rich-media PDFs—and which don’t

  • See how some of the world’s most forward-thinking artists and designers are pushing the boundaries with rich-media PDFs

  • Learn why PDF documents are more compelling than Web sites for reaching your target audience

  • Understand how best to translate print material into online PDF documents

  • Table of Contents

    1. Copyright
    2. The Making of Dynamic Media
    3.  
    4. Welcome to PDF, the Portable Document Format
    5. 1. Introducing Dynamic Media
      1. Who Should Read This Book?
        1. What’s in the Book?
        2. What’s on the CD-ROM?
        3. What’s on the Companion eBook?
        4. What’s on the Companion Web site?
      2. Case Studies and Rich-Media Creations
      3. The Evolution of Rich Media
        1. Web Content: The Beginning
        2. Adobe’s Vision
      4. The Birthing Pains of Rich Media
      5. The Birth of Broadband
      6. The Digital “Download” Revolution
      7. Printed Pages to Web Pages
      8. Internet Television, Apple, and Intel
      9. Merging PDF with Traditional Media
    6. 2. Defining Rich-Media Terms
      1. Attached Rich Media
      2. Embedded Rich Media
      3. Linked Rich Media
      4. Convergence
      5. Cross-Media Applications
      6. Interactive PDF
      7. Interactive Rich Media
      8. Rich Media Players
      9. Codec
      10. Virtual Reality
      11. Broadband
    7. 3. Adobe’s Trials and Tribulations Toward Rich-Media PDF
      1. The Race to Rich-Media Domination
      2. Adobe Steps into the Interactive Arena
      3. Adobe’s Mission: One Application for Print and Interactivity
      4. Adobe Redefines the Office Workflow
      5. Page-Based vs. Timeline Formats
      6. The Cost of Playback
      7. Adobe Introduces Reader 5.1
      8. Multimedia Moves to the Web Page
      9. Acrobat’s Best Friend—Adobe InDesign
      10. InDesign Gets Interactive
      11. A Polarized New-Media Industry
      12. Rich-Media PDF and Disruptive Technologies
      13. Building a Team That Includes Everyone
      14. Reader 8 (PDF 1.7)
      15. Commenting and Forms
      16. Attached Files
      17. Viewing Interactive 3D Rich Media
        1. JavaScript Is the Key
      18. Adobe and Macromedia
    8. 4. Why Use PDF for Rich-Media Publishing?
      1. In the Beginning
      2. What’s in a Name?
      3. Reader Preinstalled
      4. PDF’s Installed User Base
      5. PDF: A Universal Standard
        1. Third-Party Developers
        2. Adobe’s Advantage
      6. PDF Versions and Features
      7. PDF Is Adobe PostScript
      8. Security and Digital Rights Management
        1. Multimedia Trust Preferences
        2. Trust Manager Category
        3. Applying Passwords to a PDF
        4. How Acrobat Uses Encryption
      9. PDF Competitors
        1. DNL Reader
        2. Microsoft XPS: The Real Contender to PDF
      10. Conclusions
    9. 5. Preparing Audio and Video for Rich-Media PDF Integration
      1. How Reader Presents Audio and Video Content
      2. How Reader Interfaces with QuickTime, Windows Media Player, Real Media, and Flash Player
      3. Digital Video and Audio Codecs
      4. Extensions are the key: QuickTime (.mov) and Windows Media Player (.wmv)
      5. Renditions to the Rescue
      6. A Real-World Scenario
      7. Viewing Rich Media Offline
      8. Streaming Media Servers and Progressive Downloading
      9. Using Cross-Platform Media Codecs—MPEG Alternatives
      10. Cross-Platform Streaming Considerations
      11. QuickTime versus Windows Media Player
      12. .mov: How Popular Is QuickTime?
      13. .wmv: A PC-Only File Format for PDF
      14. QuickTime VR
      15. Compressing Digital Video for Playback in PDF
      16. Autodesk Cleaner
      17. QuickTime Pro
      18. Interactive QuickTime Movies Using Wired Sprites
      19. QuickTime Codecs
      20. QuickTime 4—Interactive!
        1. Introduced in June 1999
      21. QuickTime 5—Supports Flash
        1. Introduced in April 2001
      22. QuickTime 6—AAC iPod Audio
        1. Introduced in July 2002
      23. QuickTime 7—MPEG4 H.264
        1. Introduced in April 2005
      24. QuickTime Version Decisions
      25. Audio-Only Considerations
        1. Computer Generated MIDI Files
        2. Attaching Audio Files to the PDF
      26. Making the Right Choices
      27. Conclusions
    10. 6. From Print to Interactive PDF
      1. Where Do You Begin?
      2. Viewing PDFs Inside Web Pages
      3. Think Cross-Media When Producing Printed Material
        1. Design a Document for TV Viewing
      4. Adobe InDesign: Rich-Media Page Layout with Interactive Tools
      5. Adobe Acrobat, JavaScript, and Flash Features
        1. Connecting PDF and Databases via Flash
        2. Including More Than One Video Format
        3. Controlling the Playback of an Audio or Video Track
        4. Interactive Form Fields
        5. From Print to eBrochure
        6. PDF Overlay Windows
      6. Conclusions
    11. 7. Adding Interactivity and Rich Media to PDF Documents
      1. Achieving Successful Rich-Media Playback
      2. Downloading Embedded and Linked Rich-Media PDFs
      3. Placing Rich Media Using InDesign
      4. Presenting Rich Media
      5. Exporting the PDF for Testing Playback
      6. Using the Button Tool
      7. Button Options General Window
      8. Button Options Behaviors Window
      9. Using the Hyperlinks Palette: Advanced Navigation and Connections to the Internet
      10. Adding Interactivity and Rich Media via Acrobat
      11. Using Various Acrobat Tools for Interactivity
      12. Conclusions
    12. 8. Why PDF? The Proof Is in the Printing
      1. Printing PDF eBrochures at Home
      2. Producing Benjamin Moore eBrochures
      3. Printing and Color Issues
      4. Collecting the Content, Color Matching, and Building the Brochure
      5. Conclusions: Is It Good Enough?
    13. 9. Design Issues: Converting Printed Documents to Interactive PDF
      1. Page Display Considerations
        1. Page Sizes
      2. Columns Indicate the Type of Media
      3. Advertising Fit
      4. Typographic Attributes
        1. Fonts and Sizes
        2. Font Attributes
        3. Column Widths
      5. “Britain City Breaks” Living Brochure
      6. The Challenge of Nonstandard Print Publications
      7. Handling Vector Graphics
      8. Cautions with Advertising Redesign
      9. Adding the Rich Media
      10. Lessons Learned
      11. Conclusions
    14. 10. Audio eBooks in Education
      1. Challenges of the Printed Word
      2. The Evil Governor Rich-Media Audio Short-Story eBook
      3. Collecting the Content
      4. Creating the Document
      5. Taking the Test
      6. Adding the Rich-Media Audio
        1. Audio Compression
      7. Timing via Acrobat and JavaScript
        1. Final Products
      8. The Future of Rich-Media Audio eBooks
      9. Conclusions
    15. 11. Adding Rich-Media Audio Ambiance to Your PDF
      1. Rich-Media Audio in Education
      2. Reformatting Television Programs for eBooks
      3. “Paperback” eNovels
        1. The Impact of Music
      4. Merit Travel’s Cross-Platform eBrochure
      5. Collecting the Content
        1. Adding Video
        2. Adding Interactivity
        3. Adding Music
        4. Acrobat’s Page-Based Format
        5. Download Ready
      6. Compatibility Issues
      7. Lessons Learned
      8. Conclusions
    16. 12. Digital Music Booklets
      1. Digital PDF Booklets
      2. A Giant Step into the Future
      3. Chris Seldon Interactive Music PDF
      4. Creating and Collecting the Content
      5. Digital Booklet
        1. VR Photography
        2. InDesign Layout and Interactivity
        3. Final Products
        4. Attaching the Audio File
      6. Lessons Learned
      7. Conclusions
    17. 13. Rich-Media Slide Shows
      1. Slide Shows versus Video
      2. Compression Issues
      3. Content Integration
      4. Converging the Volvo Accessories Brochure and DVD
      5. Collecting the Content
      6. Why Not Use Flash?
        1. Flash Playback on a PC
        2. Flash Playback on a Mac
        3. Reaching a Decision
      7. Creating the eBrochure
      8. Nontraditional Aspect Ratio for Video
      9. Adding Interactivity
      10. Lessons Learned
      11. Conclusions
    18. 14. Interactive Virtual Reality 3D Rich-Media PDF
      1. Object Virtual Reality Photography
      2. QuickTime 3D Virtual Reality Objects
        1. Creating a VR Object
        2. The Future of QuickTime VR 3D Inside Rich-Media PDFs
      3. Universal 3D: The Next Generation of 3D and PDF
      4. The 3D Industry Forum
      5. Adobe’s Support for U3D
      6. Software Solutions Focused on U3D Publishing
        1. 3D and Page Design Using Document3D
        2. Acrobat 3D
      7. Best Practices for U3D
        1. Product Maintenance Manuals
        2. Educational Manuals
        3. How-To Manuals
        4. Selling Complex Products
      8. Conclusions: The Future Impact of Virtual Reality Objects
    19. 15. Virtual Reality Panoramic Photography
      1. Navigation via QuickTime VR Nodes
      2. QuickTime VR Cubic Movies
      3. Considerations for QuickTime VR and PDF
      4. Creating a Panoramic Movie
      5. Digital Cameras for Panoramic Movies
        1. One-Shot Panoramic Cameras
        2. Two-Shot Cameras
        3. Four or More–Shot Cameras
        4. Consumer Digital Cameras
      6. Exposure Issues
        1. Stitching Together the Pictures
      7. QuickTime VR and Rich-Media PDF Possibilities
      8. PDF eBrochures and Embedded VR
      9. Conclusions
    20. 16. PDF Photography Portfolios
      1. Julia Eldridge pdfPicture Portfolio
      2. Julia Eldridge Artwork Portfolio
      3. Virtual Reality PDF Portfolios
      4. Jook Leung
        1. Live Action is Jook’s Specialty
      5. Getting the Shots
      6. Collecting the Content
      7. Conclusions
    21. 17. QuickTime for Multipurpose Multimedia Playback
      1. The Jaguar XJ Living Brochure
      2. Versioning Is the Safest Route
      3. Designing the Document
      4. Designing the Interactive Navigation
      5. Producing the Rich Media
      6. Adding Interactivity to the VR
      7. Combining Still-Image Slide Shows with Video
      8. Combining Video and Still Images in a Single Window
      9. Resolving Web Wars
      10. Forcing the PDF to Download
      11. The Volvo S40/V50 Living Brochure
      12. Collecting the Content
      13. Capturing the VR
      14. Lessons Learned
      15. Conclusions
    22. 18. Flash SWF
      1. SWF Becomes a Standard
      2. Flash and PDF
      3. Beyond Flash 5 for a Windows-Only World
    23. 19. Flash Story eBooks
      1. Jinx the Black Cat
      2. Collecting the Content
        1. Playback Issues
        2. Minimizing Bandwidth Using Vector Graphics
      3. Creating the PDF Document
      4. The Future of Flash Comics
      5. Toon Boom: Traditional Animation Using Flash Files
      6. Nelvana’s Cartoon Series
      7. Creating Flash Cartoons for TV and Rich-Media PDF
      8. Conclusions
    24. 20. Digital Magazines and Rich Media
      1. Current Digital Magazines
      2. Rich-Media Reader PDFs Provide an Alternative
      3. In this issue of RMM: Rich Media Magazine
      4. Digital Magazines of the Future
        1. Interactive Advertising
      5. Interactive Gaming for Sport and Pleasure
      6. Interactive Contests
        1. The Rich-Media Slot Machine?
      7. Visualize and Puzzle Your Mind in New Ways
        1. Video Interviews
      8. Television and Movie Trailers
      9. Feature Article
        1. Larry Feign Cartoonist animator
        2. Cross-Media Flip Book
        3. The Road Ahead for STVDIO Media
      10. Attach Your Audio Book to the PDF for iPods
        1. Audio Interviews and the iPod
      11. Conclusions
    25. 21. Server-Side PDF Custom Publications
      1. Server-Side PDFs Using Database Content
      2. Server-Side Technologies
      3. Third-Party Vendors
      4. The Server-Side Evolution
      5. Server-Side PDF Using PDF Pages
        1. Text-to-Speech Documents
      6. Server-Side PDF Workflow
      7. PDF Search Methods
      8. PDF Metadata
      9. PDF Search
      10. Appending Server-Side PDFs
      11. Server-Side PDF Samples
      12. Server-Side Possibilities: Search, Merge, and Converge
      13. The Rich-Media Video Server-Side Workflow
      14. Conclusions about Server-Side PDF
    26. Closing Remarks