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Chapter 11. Using Flash Movies in Director > Editing Flash Cast Members

Editing Flash Cast Members

Wouldn’t it be convenient to be able to double-click on a Flash movie in the Cast window and have it open for editing, just as you can with bitmapped cast members? Well, you can—sort of. There’s just a slight obstacle: SWF files, the only kind of Flash files Director imports, aren’t editable. FLA files, however—the Flash authoring files from which SWF files are exported—are editable. So if Director knows the location of the FLA file to which a particular SWF file belongs, it can do the file-swapping behind the scenes, and make the SWF file act as if it’s editable.

In order for this juggling act to work, Flash MX must be installed on your computer. When Director is installed, it automatically checks for the presence of Flash on your computer; if it finds it, it adds Flash to its list of available editing programs. If you install Flash after you install Director, you must inform Director manually that Flash is now available.


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