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Adobe PDF with embedded Gifs?

New Here ,
Jan 13, 2021 Jan 13, 2021

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Hi there,

I am in the process of putting together a presentation PDF that requires two gifs to be embedded on some pages.

I'm wondering if this is something that can be created with an interactive PDF?

I have embedded MP4s and MP3s in the past but can't seem to apply animated Gifs.

Is anyone here able to help me?

 

Thank you!

Patti

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Jan 13, 2021 Jan 13, 2021

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Take a look at this example file. If it does what you want, I'll share the technique.

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/mgo4u7s2xlqgzlz/PDF_GIF.pdf?dl=1

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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Hi Joel,

 

thanks for sharing the example – I’m also looking for a way to integrate a small animation (animated GIF style) into a PDF. Can you please share the technique?

 

Best regards,

Till.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 18, 2021 Feb 18, 2021

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One additional question: could you also make the animation auto-run when opening the file (not having to click to start it)?

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Community Expert ,
Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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PDF files do not support animated gifs. They do support videos in mp4 format, or you can display the animation one frame at a time as the icon of a button field, like in @Joel_Geraci 's neat sample file from above. The latter is a nice solution if you have a limited amount of frames, and it can be set to run automatically when the file is opened. It does require more work setting up, though.

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 19, 2021 Feb 19, 2021

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Thanks for the information!

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Community Beginner ,
Nov 30, 2021 Nov 30, 2021

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Hi, I posted in another thread asking pretty much this question, found here: https://community.adobe.com/t5/acrobat-discussions/i-want-to-create-a-pdf-resume-with-gifs-looping-v...

Please I would love if you shared the technique of how you accomplished this. Thank YOU!

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New Here ,
Apr 06, 2022 Apr 06, 2022

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Hey Ryan, did you manage to find a solution for this? What did you do in the end ? Thanks :))

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Community Beginner ,
Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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I did not unfortunately, I am told that it is impossible unfortunately….

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Apr 07, 2022 Apr 07, 2022

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Thanks so much, have you found a way around it ? funny enough, I've been thinking about the same idea for a resume, as you have..then landed on your post here.. 🙂

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Community Beginner ,
Oct 21, 2022 Oct 21, 2022

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I also wonder how it works.

I found that when the Button is clicked, the java code runs:

 

function nextFrame(){
var icon = this.getIcon("Muybridge_"+pad(interval.count,2));
this.getField("Muybridge").buttonSetIcon(icon);
interval.count++;
if (interval.count == 16) {
interval.count = 1;
interval.loopCount++;
if (interval.loopCount == interval.maxLoops) {
app.clearInterval(interval)
}
}
}

function pad(n, width, z) {
z = z || '0';
n = n + '';
return n.length >= width ? n : new Array(width - n.length + 1).join(z) + n;
}

var interval = app.setInterval("nextFrame()", 75);
interval.count = 1;
interval.loopCount = 1
interval.maxLoops = 20;

 

Unfortunately, I don't know what this code is looking for.
That is, what names the individual frames of animation should have.

And what type of file it is looking for.

 

Maybe:
Muybridge_1.ico
Muybridge_2.ico
Muybridge_3.ico

And so the animation only works in Adobe.

 

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New Here ,
Jun 26, 2023 Jun 26, 2023

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I don't believe this file is working as intended anymore... Unless, of course, I'm opening or clicking on it wrong somehow.

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Jun 26, 2023 Jun 26, 2023

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Do not open it in your browser. Save it locally and then open it in Adobe Acrobat or Reader.

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New Here ,
Mar 17, 2024 Mar 17, 2024

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Hello Joel,

I would love to know how to do this (embed an animated gif or movie to a PDF) - especially if it could play in a loop on a page automatically without a button.  Is that possible? Thanks

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Mar 18, 2024 Mar 18, 2024

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Please read this entire topic before asking questions that have already been answered.

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Oct 23, 2022 Oct 23, 2022

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Explanations:

 

In Joel's document there are 15 named icons:

 

icon[0]=Muybridge_01
icon[1]=Muybridge_02
icon[2]=Muybridge_03
icon[3]=Muybridge_04
icon[4]=Muybridge_05
icon[5]=Muybridge_06
icon[6]=Muybridge_07
icon[7]=Muybridge_08
icon[8]=Muybridge_09
icon[9]=Muybridge_10
icon[10]=Muybridge_11
icon[11]=Muybridge_12
icon[12]=Muybridge_13
icon[13]=Muybridge_14
icon[14]=Muybridge_15

 

See importIcon here: https://opensource.adobe.com/dc-acrobat-sdk-docs/library/jsapiref/doc.html#importicon

 

 

In Joel's script you will find "interval.count" which is the number of frames/icons to loop.

And "interval.maxLoops" which is the number of repeats.

You can change the name of the field and the name of named icons in these lines:

var icon = this.getIcon("Muybridge_"+pad(interval.count,2));
this.getField("Muybridge").buttonSetIcon(icon);

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