More Ways to Improve Your PDFs with FrameMaker-to-Acrobat TimeSavers/Assistants

Include movies and audio files (linked or embedded)

Movies can help demonstrate complex subjects, illustrate processes, reach non-verbal learners, and overcome language barriers. Apart from conventional movies such as a video demonstrating a part replacement, movies can be used to:

  • dynamically demonstrate on-screen processes (instead of only displaying static screen captures)
  • actively engage the readers in viewing an object or a location in a "virtual reality" movie
  • present slide shows (sequential display of multiple static images in the same page area)
  • run animations

Using TimeSavers shortcuts, you can add links/bookmarks (in FrameMaker) pointing to movies available locally or stored in web servers (so that it updated anytime). Media can be played in a floating window, in a specified location on the page or as a full-screen movie. With software demonstrations/simulations, the In Document and Full Screen placements typically distort the display, as the variable magnification in Acrobat causes movie resizing. Displaying such movies at their native dimensions in a Floating Window is recommended -- see comparisons, SWF/QuickTime ("legacy", PDF: 990K), SWF/FLV (Acrobat/Reader 9 or higher, PDF: 687K).

Movie controller is optional (a custom controller can be added); movies can be activated automatically when a page is entered.