|Thank you for your help. After a great deal of research I have found several ways to get animations into documents like this. Not all are suitable for me, but I thought I'd consolidate all the options for anyone else looking to try something similar:|
- My copy of Word includes an Adobe Acrobat add-on that allows Flash videos to be inserted. If I convert the gif to mp4 or similar, then I can get an animation into my document. In the Word document this displays as a black rectangle, but once the document is converted to pdf and viewed in Acrobat it is possible to play these videos in the document. The animation does not loop though.
- The above can also be achieved through Adobe Acrobat Pro. There are a few more options when inserting the video, but looping is still not possible.
- Installing the below video widget for Acrobat can allegedly solve the looping issue, and also offers a much more attractive interface, but does rely on the end user being willing to change program defaults and install software, which is far from ideal.
- Google Documents can insert and display animated gifs just fine, and can also export documents as a pdf. However pdfs are not compatible with gifs, and will only display the first frame.
- Many ebook creation programs appear to be able to support animation but I'm yet to find one with bibliography tools, table of contents generators, and similar. (Suggestions welcome.)
- Word can produce web pages, where gifs are displayed correctly, but a lot of other things are not. Only some of these could be fixed by directly altering the html code. Others I'm not convinced can be fixed at all.
- Acrobat Pro can attach documents, which are viewed externally. Not an ideal solution, but simple to achieve. Not really viable for my purposes though.
- LaTeX appears to be able to produce and display animations, as well as properly format text, generate bibliographies, tables of contents, automatic figure numbering, etc, then output the result as a pdf that doesn't require anything too special to view correctly (recent versions of Acrobat Reader are fine). In short, it will do everything I'm after, so long as I'm willing to learn its code, which is not trivial. I found the following tutorial on LaTeX animations, which includes animations in a pdf:
I'm hoping a good WYSIWYG LaTeX editor should make the coding aspect a bit less daunting.
I'm going to try the LaTeX option and see how I go. If I really can't cope with the coding I at least have a number of other options to fall back on.