I want to find a way include content in a pdf that includes an advert can update form an external source - my web server for instance. I’d like to be able to change the advert on my webserver and the ebook readers see the updated ad when the reopen the book.
I’ve been advised that it’s possible to embed flash/flex inside PDF files and that it’s possible to include external content in flash.
I’m guessing that I need some sort of flash application that will include a url (or perhaps change the content of the ad from an xml document that resides on my server?).
I’d really appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction, any tutorials or articles I could adapt for my purposes or failing that, just spell out for me a little clearer exactly what I need to do to get this working.
It is possible to insert flash into .pdfs, and it is possible to have a flash file pull in dynamic content that you can update yourself, but your idea won’t work the way you want it to.
In order for a flash file to load the dynamic content, it must “play.” Users will see whatever you set for the background/first frame, but unless they go through the whole process to click and approve the flash you won’t be serving them dynamic ads.
Gutting! (Thanks for the info though.)
I suppose if the content will only update after the flash ‘plays’ and playing needs user interaction, the best I could manage is to have a default ad as my first frame and then it would only update after the user authorises it.
If user interaction is required then I don’t think i’ll bother
Thanks again for the info
You’re very welcome, Mike. Though I am sorry to bomb your idea. ^^;;
I think if the flash in pdfs didn’t require interaction we would be bombarded with those types of ads all over the place already. And that would just be a mess.