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The future of InDesign animations

Up until the release of CC 2014.1, we felt the future of using animations in InDesign was bleak. Since animations were SWF only, and it is difficult to get SWF files to play in PDFs, we didn’t see them getting much use.

Today it’s a different story. Fixed Layout ePubs support so many of InDesign’s animation features. And we hope that some of the Folio Overlay effects (see Chapter 7, “Tablet Apps”) will be added to fixed layout ePubs.

We also hope that at some point InDesign’s animations can be exported as part of DPS apps. In the meantime, companies like Ajar Productions make it possible to turn InDesign animations into HTML5 output for DPS apps. So we’re thrilled to be able to say that the future of animations in InDesign is bright.

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