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Chapter 15. Deeper into Shockwave > Streaming with Shockwave

Streaming with Shockwave

Of all the innovations in recent versions of Shockwave, probably none was more welcome than the ability to bypass long download times. Shocked movies can start playing as soon as the components for the first frame have been received, with additional downloading happening in the background while the movie plays. But streaming Shockwave isn't a cure-all; you still need to deploy your Cast members carefully and make judicious use of streaming-specific scripting and construction techniques.

The first step in working with streaming Shockwave is deciding if it's necessary (or desirable) at all. One of the main factors to consider is the latency period built into the opening moments of your production—that is, the period before the end user can reasonably expect to see something happen.


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