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Hour 13. Working with Flash MX > Exporting as a Flash SWF File

Exporting as a Flash SWF File

The quickest way to start working with Flash from within Fireworks is to simply export your document as a Flash SWF file. Unlike animated GIF images, Flash SWF files have full support for alpha transparency, motion, vector graphics, embedded text, and all sorts of other great features. Furthermore, Flash can use the JPEG format for bitmap objects, meaning you can use a broader color palette. You can then reference the Flash SWF file from another Flash animation by using Flash ActionScript, or place the necessary tags in an HTML file, using Dreamweaver or a text editor.

To export a Flash SWF file using Fireworks, select the Export command from the File menu or press Ctrl+Shift+R (Windows) or Command+Shift+R (Macintosh). From the Save as Type menu, choose Macromedia Flash SWF. Now click the Options button to bring up the Flash SWF export options, as shown in Figure 13.1. Settings include settings for Objects, Text, JPEG Quality, Frames, and Frame Rate. The Flash SWF files exported are also compatible with latest versions of Apple’s QuickTime media architecture, making them available to lots of other applications.


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