Chapter 23. Multimedia and PDFs


  • Using sound files

  • Creating movies

  • Using movie files

  • Adding play actions

Acrobat offers a wide range of possibilities with animation, motion, and sound. You can import sound files in PDFs, import movie files, convert Web pages with Flash animation, convert PowerPoint files with motion objects, and create animation by writing JavaScript routines. With the exception of writing JavaScripts, you create animation and sound in other applications and import them in PDF documents.

Movie files and sounds added with the Sound tool are only available in Acrobat Professional. Acrobat Standard does not have these tools and you have no way of adjusting properties for movie and sound files with Acrobat Standard. However, after you've added movie and sound files in Acrobat Professional, all Acrobat viewers, including Adobe Reader, can play the movies and sounds.

In this chapter you learn how to import multimedia files into PDF documents and create some motion effects by writing JavaScripts in Acrobat Professional.

Setting Up the Multimedia Environment

You import sound and video files with the Movie and/or Sound tools available from the Editing toolbar. To open the toolbar, select Tools

Setting Up the Multimedia Environment

Working with Sound Files

You import sounds in Acrobat in one of two ways. You can use the Record Audio Comment tool and record or import a message in the form of a comment. Once ...

Get Adobe® Acrobat® 8 PDF Bible now with the O’Reilly learning platform.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from nearly 200 publishers.