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Preparing a Preloader

At this point, the movies are fully functional as learning media. All of the buttons, dynamic text fields, quick tips and drag-and-drop monsters function properly. If you were distributing these media via CD-ROM, you'd be ready to go. But if you were distributing this via the Web, you'd still have a problem. The SWF files are 80K and 100K, which amounts to a 20- to 30-second download apiece over a modem. Most Web users will not look at a blank screen for that long; they will assume something has gone wrong and leave, and all your work will never be seen. You need to let them know that the file is downloading.

In this task, you will create a portable preloader movie clip, which you can use in all your Flash projects that will be distributed over the Web.


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