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Flash And Pdf Files Can you use flash to browse pdf files?
Posted 31 March 2005 - 10:55 PM
Thanks to everyone in advance for all of their usual fine assistance!
......give me graphic design or give me death!
Posted 01 April 2005 - 01:17 AM
Given my understanding of the nature of Flash, plus the nature of PDF I would say no, there is no way and no addon. The problem lies (in my humble opinion) in the fact that a PDF file is really a special type of PostScript. PDF stands for Portable Document Format and essentially contains the page information, the content and the fonts required to view the document as published on any operating system running Acrobat Viewer. The beauty of it is its cross-platform compatibility.
Flash on the other hand is vector-based animation. You create objects, then use a combination of layers and frames with transitions to achieve animation. The two formats are mutually exclusive. Even with Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop you can only open (or render) one page of a PDF at a time, and that itself is impossible if the document is protected.
So... the long and short of it is don't hold your breath. You could check out Macromedia Exchange for plugins for Flash, but again I highly doubt it.
Posted 01 April 2005 - 07:33 AM
PDF2SWF A PDF to SWF Converter. Generates one frame per page. Enables you to have fully formatted text, including tables, formulas etc. inside your Flash Movie. It's based on the xpdf PDF parser from Derek B. Noonburg.
Quoted from: http://www.quiss.org...ls/index.2.html
So, this could be done with a bit of work. You can use that tool to convert .pdf files to .swf file all at once or on the fly when people need to read it. I reckon you should convert them all into swf file and load them into flash file later (flash file is a reader in this case). Otherwise, you can use server script to convert the required pdf file on the fly then load the result into flash (this way requires more work and server permissions to execute commands)
Hope this worked out for you
Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:15 AM
Here you can see how FlashPaper works (it's a example made in flash)
Anyway if you do not have original files from where PDF's are created you can still import that files to CorelDraw or AdobeIllustrator or Macromedia FreeHand and from them again print to Flash file...
I hope you understand what Im trying to say here...
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