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Managing Links in Flash Movies with Dreamweaver

A lot of Flash developers rely heavily on Flash movies in their websites. Some use Flash entirely, embedding the Flash movie within an HTML page in Dreamweaver while others simply use smaller Flash movies as interactive pieces in a mostly HTML-based user interface. Others still use the catchy animations that Flash can create to replace an existing navigation menu. In these scenarios, modifying links in the Flash movies can become a nightmare. Not only do you have to open the original FLA/MOV file within Flash, you have to modify the link and then re-export the movie as a SWF file to replace the existing movie within the HTML document. Fortunately, Dreamweaver solves this problem by adding features to its site management window that aid in working with Flash-based links directly from Dreamweaver.

As you have seen thus far, Dreamweaver prompts you to update links within a site when you move files (that include dependencies) in the Files list. Dreamweaver either automatically fixes the broken reference to the moved file or it prompts you to do so. As nice as that functionality is, it doesn't stop with plain HTML files. Dreamweaver extends its link management features to include SWF files. What this means is that if files are moved within your site list—even if the broken references are within an SWF file—Dreamweaver automatically fixes those links within the movie file.


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