How to Create an SWF File from Adobe InDesign

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In Brief...

Animations and interactive objects can be added to InDesign layouts, which can then be exported as Flash Player SWF files. The following three steps show how to create an SWF file from Adobe InDesign.

This feature works the same in Adobe InDesign CS5, CS6, and CC versions.


  1. Go to the File menu and select Export.
    Export Command in File Menu

  2. Choose a location for the file, then click the Save As Type menu and select Flash Player (SWF). Click Save.
    Export Dialog Box

  3. Check the Generate HTML File check box. To view the file in a browser, also check View SWF after Exporting. Set Interactivity and Media to Include All. Select any desired Page Transitions options and click OK.
    Export SWF Dialog Box

Author: Kate Cahill

Kate Cahill is a graphic designer, writer, and creative director who has developed content for print and web. As creative director, she has produced award-winning work for agencies focused on the pharmaceutical, and health and beauty aid industries. She has also served as production manager, with responsibility for the successful fulfillment of long-run print contracts. Kate has been delivering training for Webucator clients since 2010. Her enthusiasm for cutting-edge technology, combined with hands-on practical experience, brings an added benefit to her class. Kate teaches real-world techniques and integration of Adobe software, as well as Microsoft PowerPoint to produce a fully-developed and cohesive brand identity.