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Chapter 13. Exporting Movies to a Variety of Media - Pg. 304

304 Chapter 13. Exporting Movies to a Variety of Media Your movies can be used in a variety of media, from the Web to handheld Pocket PC devices. Captivate movies can be displayed on desktop computers, including those using the Linux operating system (OS), just as easily as they can be added to a PowerPoint presentation, and they can even be turned into stand-alone applications requiring no special software to play. Captivate movies can be exported in a number of formats, including: · Flash SWF files · · · · · · Email attachments PC EXE files Mac projectors Linux EXE files Flash FLA files Microsoft Word documents You can also upload Captivate movies to the Web using FTP. These formats permit your movies to be viewed on: · PC, Mac, and Linux OS computers (desktop and kiosk) · PDAs using Windows CE or Windows Mobile for Pocket PC · PDAs using the Palm OS 4 and 5 Exporting Flash Files If there is a common thread running through this book, it is the intimate relationship between Cap- tivate and Flash MX 2004 or Flash MX Professional 2004. This isn't due to Macromedia acquiring the Captivate technology and looking to repurpose it. It is simply this: The Flash Player is one of the most ubiquitous pieces of software in the computing field. In 2003, Macromedia released Flash Player 7, and as of the writing of this book, only eight months later, Macromedia claims that it is installed on roughly 60 percent of all computers worldwide. Ac- cording to Kevin Lynch, executive vice president and chief software architect at Macromedia, that number is expected to be close to 85 percent by the time you are reading this book. Flash Player 6, which Captivate uses, is installed on just under 95 percent of all computers worldwide. It makes sense, therefore, to utilize a technology with such massive penetration into the market. To export a movie as a Flash SWF file 1. Open a Captivate movie, and select File > Publish or press Shift-Control-P.