Jump to page in SWF viewer generated by InDesign

I have a cca. 120 pages book prepared in InDesign CC (2017), which was printed some time ago and now the customer wants it published on their website. The layout is quite complicated (it’s more like an album with many pics), so finally we selected the Flash format, using the Export… menu’s SWF converter. (https://helpx.adobe.com/indesign/using/interactive-web-documents-flash.html#create_interactive_swf_flash_files_for_the_web) It works pretty well, by creating an HTML plus a single SWF file which contains everything.

Is it possible to display the generated Flash application by either using:

  • parameters when initializing, or
  • JavaScript when it’s already loaded,

to open the book on a specific page, not on the 1st one? (We’d like to make some links pointing to certain chapters directly, but still, let the reader page back if he wants to.)

I’m googling for some time and also tried to reverse-engineer the generated app, but no luck so far.


You can create buttons inside the InDesign document that point to pages, but you can’t load the document to a certain page.

If there’s no interactivity in the InDesign doc, you could export to a FLA and open it in Flash Pro/Animate, then add ExternalInterface JavaScript communication to load a certain page. However, you’d have to rebuild the page transitions yourself (no small feat).

Alternatively, you use an InDesign to HTML5 tool.

There’s a free script:

Plus I make a commercial one called in5.

Both would support linking to a specific page.

Source : Link , Question Author : Mkoch , Answer Author : Justin Putney

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