Export animation from InDesign

Community Beginner ,
Jul 03, 2017

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Hi,

I made an animation in InDesign and now want to export it. I can only export it as an SWF file, but the website I want to use it on only accepts GIF. Can somebody help me, how do I export the file with the animation to a GIF?

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New Here , Nov 19, 2020
Designink.nl New Here , Nov 19, 2020
Updated answer 2020: You can use the in5 plugin to do this!

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Frans van der Geest ACP Adobe Community Professional , Jul 03, 2017
You can't. Sorry.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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You can't. Sorry.

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Community Beginner ,
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Is er een manier om het als een ander bestand te exporteren en om te zetten naar GIF?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Nee, de weg naar een GIF vanuit InDesign is niet mogelijk. Het kan naar HTML5 (via Publish online of FXL ePub) maar een 'bestandje' met de animatie kan alleen in SFW...

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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Use Photoshop to create an animated GIF

Also, if you have a recent version of InDesign (2015/1027) have a look at Publish Online - with this you can create documents with animations, and more, and imbed a link to them on your web site.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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You should have checked here BEFORE doing all that work.

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Community Beginner ,
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Thnx Bob, so very helpful

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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You’re welcome.

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Community Beginner ,
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So, why is it that InDesign cannot export an animation that Photoshop can open?

I'm sorry, but that is plain stupid. Forcing people to create their animated GIFs totally in Photoshop is one more reason not use Adobe products.

At least give Media Encoder the ability to take the SWF or FLA file and covert it to MOV. So, instead of creating a nifty animation in InDesign to convert to an animated GIF, I will use a non-Adobe product — in this case, Keynote — to do just that. Yeah, I end up using Photoshop to do the conversion from MOV to animated GIF. But maybe I will be looking for other non-Adobe solutions as well.

@Adobe — You keep saying you are improving products for the users, but you are not. There's this problem. Plus there's the problem of not fixing the chart tool in Illustrator for over 20 years. C'mon.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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It's not a common request.

But you're talking to the wrong people. It's product managers who decide what features to include. They won't read this forum but they'll read your feature requests here:

Feature Requests/Bug Reports

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Community Beginner ,
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Thanks, Steve. I will put in the request. And my expectations are that Adobe will ignore my request.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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https://forums.adobe.com/people/Paul+Bunyar  wrote

So, why is it that InDesign cannot export an animation that Photoshop can open?

For the same reason a wrench makes a lousy screwdriver. You want a GIF? Use Photoshop...it's right tool for the right job. InDesign is not. In short, just because you have a hammer does not make the entire world a nail.

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I've got to completely disagree with that analogy here Bob. Why have a software where you can create an animation and then not be able to export it?

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Adobe Community Professional ,
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You can export an animation (an animation in a document) from InDesign if you use InDesign's Publish Online -- that's the way, does that help?

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Most Valuable Participant ,
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You can export it! You can't export it to a GIF.

Just because you have a hammer the whole world is not a nail. Use the right tools for the job.

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Updated answer 2020: You can use the in5 plugin to do this!

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