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10/10/10

The yt4pdf package uses the rmannot package to embed a special SWF file to play the YouTube videos. There is a complete set of buttons
that come with the package to control the video: play, pause, stop loading, rewind, load a video by its YouTube video ID, and a button to
view a video on the YouTube web site. Adobe Acrobat 9 or later is required to author an document; only Adobe Reader 9 is need to view the created yt4pdf document.

I believe that I was vaguely aware of the YouTube ActionScript 3.0 Player, but never pursued it because of my general lack of interest in YouTube (www.youtube.com). Recently, I came across a very nice demo PDF that used the API, see "PDF Tube - YouTube API wrapper for PDF documents" (this page has since been removed). The SWF file and JavaScript are made freely available, so I downloaded it, and was sufficiently impressed to port the example to LaTeX using various members of the AcroTeX Fine Family of Software :-{). The SWF file and (some of the) JavaScript are due to the good folks at UVSAR (www.uvsar.com). The UVSAR's sample demo also appeared in the forums of the Acrobat User Community.

  1. yt4pdf.zip: The yt4pdf distribution
  2. yt4pdf_man.pdf : Preliminary documentation on the yt4pdf package.
  3. yt4pdf-1.pdf : demonstrates the basic functionality of the YouTube RMA: the use of the custom poster, \ytComboList,
    \ytComboBtn, and \ytvId.
  4. yt4pdf-2.pdf : Experiments with different ways the YouTube annotation can be displayed along with its control buttons.
  5. yt4pdf-3.pdf : Illustrates the usage of the play and load keys that are passed in the optional parameter of \ytRmAnnot.

Advanced examples will appear, in time, on the AcroTeX Blog

Regards,

dpstory@uakron.edu

Now I simply must get back to my retirement!