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5.5. Flash Printing

Another interface between the browser and printer comes from the folks at Macromedia. Flash 4.0 introduced a new feature to give developers control over printing Flash content. In the past, when a Flash movie was printed from a browser, the printout contained only the first frame (probably not the most useful frame) or nothing at all. To fix this, Flash Player (release 4.0.20 and higher) can print any content specified by the designer.

This feature can be used to print out a more meaningful frame from the movie, but why stop there? Since any content can be cued to print, the Flash movie can serve as an interactive interface to all sorts of documents. A banner ad can spit out a coupon that shoppers can take to the store. A small diagram could print pages of detailed specifications. You could also use Flash to design customized documents specifically for printing, such as greeting cards. Flash printing offers powerful possibilities for enhancing online interactivity with print components.


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