How to Import a PDF in Flash

by Filonia LeChat

Whether you use the Adobe Flash animation software to create movies, mini-cartoons or moveable parts for your website such as slider bars and buttons, you may find a requirement to display documents such as step-by-step tutorials, standard operating procedures or license key information to your viewers. There's no need to save these files separately; import those portable document files, called PDFs, directly into your Flash, or FLA, file. As you work in your Flash timeline, it takes just a couple of quick clicks to import and embed a PDF.


Open Flash, click the "Open" link under the "Open a Recent Item" section and browse to the Flash file to import a PDF into. Double-click the FLA file, which opens on the Flash stage.


Right-click the place on the timeline at the top of the screen to add the PDF. Select "Insert Blank Keyframe." The timeline is adjusted and a hollow circle is added to that place on the timeline.


Click the "File" menu and click "Import." Click "Import to Stage," which opens a navigation window. Browse to the PDF to import, click on it once to highlight it and click the "Open" button. The "Import Options" window opens.


Leave the first two options as their defaults. Leave the "All" button selected under "Which pages to import" or select the pages to import if your PDF is multi-paged and you don't want to include every page. Leave the other options as their defaults and click the "OK" button. Depending on the size of your PDF, especially the number of pages, this may take a few moments.


Click the "Use Default" button if a "Missing Font Warning" window appears. This means one or more of the fonts used in the PDF are not part of Flash's font collection and the program will automatically choose one for you.


Review the timeline at the top of the screen; the keyframe is now a solid circle, showing that keyframe holds information, which is your PDF.


Click the "File" menu and click "Save" to save over the original Flash file or click "Save As" and give the file a new name.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.