I work for a publishing company called CGP. We produce educational books and
have recently decided to enter the eLearning arena. It seems to me that Flash
MX 2004 is the best software to use, but I'm trying to work out the best way to
convert our current Adobe PageMaker files into Flash files. I need to do so in
such a way that the text and graphics are still editable in Flash.
I've tried several options - each of which has problems:
Copy and pasting text directly from PageMaker to flash works, but all the
formatting is lost and it has to be done one text box at a time.
Turning our PageMaker files into .eps, .ps or .sep files means we can import
them, but all the lines become thick, messy and need a lot of reformatting to
get them right + the text has the same problem as mentioned below.
Turning pagemaker files into PDFs and then importing into flash seems to work
the best. However all the text is split into single line text boxes and I can
see no quick way to convert it back to paragraphs. This in itself isn't a
major problem, but it also seems that where a font change within a line of PDF
text, flash produces copies of parts of the sentence in small text boxes,
sometimes aligned with the original text and sometimes misaligned so it looks
like a jumble of letters.
Another method I tried was to convert to PDFs, drop them into FlashPaper 2 (I
downloaded the trial version) and turn them into swf files. I then tried to
import the swfs file into flash, but all I got was the component parts of the
I've also tried converting our Pagemaker files into InDesign CS (which is a
package we might switch to) files, but this doesn't seem to offer me any more
Do you have any suggestions for efficient conversion?
I was also wondering if FlashPaper 2 swfs could be made into an exe file?
I've very much like to use this instead of PDF viewer on our CDs because it is
self contained rather than relying on people installing the flash player or
I'd really appreciate any help anyone can give.