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UNIT4ESSAYByJRUMALI Instructional Design Production Concepts THE DESIGN MOCK LESSON w/ INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA September 23, 2012 EDUC 537 Instruction and Curriculum Development. How to create a rich PDF - using the PowerPoint.
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Instructional Design Production Concepts
THE DESIGN MOCK LESSON w/ INSTRUCTIONAL MEDIA
September 23, 2012
Instruction and Curriculum Development
Most people don't realize it's possible to create a rich multimedia document within PowerPoint and then export it to PDF, complete with embedded videos, hyperlinks and more. This presentation will help you to be guided on how to do it without experiencing any difficulties. No more worries? Isn't it?
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2.1: Download and install Acrobat X Pro. This is the latest, advanced version of Adobe’s PDF creation tool. The trial version is for 30 days, which is plenty of time to create your rich PDF. We suggest Acrobat X Pro because it will let us do some fancier stuff down the track, but the standard version, Acrobat X can do everything in this tutorial.
2.2: Open your PowerPoint application and you will notice that Acrobat has installed its Acrobat PDF Maker toolbar add in in the PowerPoint ribbon. It does this to all Office apps (2010, 2007 and even prior versions) and some other programs, including Firefox and Internet Explorer. While you can save any Office doc to PDF by saving to Print, the PDF Maker option lets you do things like embed videos.
There are two steps in this process. One, we'll create a series of slides in PowerPoint that we'll convert to PDF format, using the
aforementioned PDF Maker add in toolbar. Two, we'll enhance them in Acrobat X Pro after they are converted into PDF format.
We need to need to point out here that although you can manage and edit content from within Acrobat X / X Pro it's far easier to create it first with an external application and then use Acrobat X to enhance and package it. Basically, any document or image can be converted to PDF but here we've chosen PowerPoint for a) its simplicity and b) because a collection of PowerPoint slides translate well into a PDF publication.
In this sample, we are creating an interactive PDF to promote a sample play for Sydney's Ensemble Theatre. We're going to add background images, text and videos to the PowerPoint slides and we'll then convert them to PDF which we'll further enhance from within Acrobat X Pro.
4.1: Adding images and text to PowerPoint is straightforward, however, it's worth knowing that when you add background images to PowerPoint slides (to cover the full slide), you should crop them to a 4:3 aspect ratio, which is the native aspect ratio of PowerPoint slides.
4.2: Once you have added images and text to your PowerPoint slides, you can now add video. When you convert the slides into a PDF using the Acrobat PDF maker add in, the video you've inserted will also be in the PDF.
However, there is a trap for young players. You have to use the "Embed Flash" option in the PDF maker menu to insert the video, not PowerPoint's Insert Video option, as shown in the slides below.
4.3: Go to the PDF Maker menu and use Embed Flash. Although it says Flash, it will embed files in Flash (FLV, F4V) Shockwave (SWF) MP3 or H.264 (MP4 formats). If you have movies in other formats, such as Windows Media (WMV) or Quicktime (.MOV), you will need to convert them to Flash or H.264 using an encoder before trying to import them.
4.4: Select the video - in our case an MP4 file - and insert it. Acrobat's Embed Flash option also lets you grab a screenshot of the video to use as the video cover image.
4.5: The video then appears in the middle of the slide. In our case, it looked a bit small, so we clicked on the video box and expanded the video to a more suitable size by dragging the handles.
5.1: Feel free to add hyperlinks to your PowerPoint document, since these will translate to the PDF later. It's worth pointing out, however, that if you don't want PowerPoint to automatically turn them blue and underlined, hyperlink the text box itself, not the text inside it.
6.1: This is as simple as clicking the Create PDF button on the PDF maker menu.
7.1: In theory there is enough here to consider this a finished product. The PowerPoint preso has exported to PDF and it also has embedded videos and hyperlinks. However, by editing it in Acrobat X Pro, we can further improve it.