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Chapter 10. Captivate & Macromedia Flash MX 2004

Chapter 10. Captivate & Macromedia Flash MX 2004

If ever there were two Macromedia applications just made for each other, it would have to be Captivate and Flash MX 2004. Both output to the SWF format, both are interactive, and both are used in eLearning. As well, Captivate's EXE format is a Flash EXE and, like Flash, a Captivate SWF can be used easily in Breeze. On the other side of the relationship, Flash SWF files that are compatible with Flash Player 6 can be placed into Captivate movies as animations or as animation slides.

An obvious question: “Why should I export a Captivate movie to Flash?” The answer lies in Captivate's enabling technology: Flash Player 6. The latest version of the Flash Player—version 7.0—allows, for example, streaming rich media such as video. In Captivate, video can't be added efficiently to your Captivate movie. If the movie is exported to Flash MX 2004, suddenly video is doable because the movie can be published using the Flash Player 7.


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