Is there an existing way (without updating the media9 package) to enable or disable the play button after the package is loaded? The current motivation is to disable the play button for only some versions of media9, but it could also be used to enable the button for some images but not others, or to switch between fancy and plain.

(Incidentally, I like the look of the button used in version 0.43 of the documentation; it's much closer to the ideal of being prominent but not annoying. But I also think it would be nice if it did not print, much like the "red boxes" produced by hyperref.)

  • Doesn't the noplaybutton work as an option to the includemedia command? (BTW, Making the play button less intrusive was a feature request I put here tex.stackexchange.com/a/157405/1871 and @AlexG has been incredibly helpful and responsive) – alfC Apr 18 '14 at 19:27
  • BTW, if @AlexG is around, the manual of version 0.43 (I opened to check the new play button) makes Acrobat 9.4.1 Linux to crash in page 18. (Maybe it is because a flash swf player incompatible with 9.4.1 is used) The rest of the manual seems to render well including the beautiful 3D examples. – alfC Apr 18 '14 at 19:43
  • @alfC: I considered making this a comment to that excellent answer--I agree that AlexG has been incredible about it (in fact I awarded him a bounty for it). I decided that if he were going to answer this question, he should have the chance to receive additional upvotes for it. – Charles Staats Apr 18 '14 at 19:46
  • The question title should be reformulated: "Prevent the play button from being printed". As for locally enabling or disabling it or choosing a look, this is already possible by using one of playbutton=none|fancy|plain with \includemedia. – AlexG Apr 22 '14 at 9:31

The play button can be locally enabled or disabled or given another look with one of playbutton=none|fancy|plain in the options argument of \includemedia.

Currently, the play button is printed when printing to paper or file from within AR. This will change in the next version (0.44) of media9.

  • @Charles: Just uploaded v. 0.44 to CTAN. – AlexG Jun 4 '14 at 7:39

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