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Chapter 9. Adding Rich Media Content > Understanding Flash Content

Understanding Flash Content

Macromedia Flash is an extremely popular software program that creates vector-based animations. As of December 2001, Macromedia statistics show that almost all browsers on the Web—98%, to be exact—have the Flash player installed. Before including Flash content in your learning application, you might want to do a survey of your targeted users. Some corporate audiences have a custom software installation that strips many of the common browser player applications from company workstations, so you might need to consult with the IT department to orchestrate the installation of a required player.

When you create a Flash movie (check out Appendix A, “Resources,” for books on that topic), you save it as a .swf file (pronounced “swiff” file). Flash enables you to create a Web page along with your Flash movie, but because you are using a prepared Dreamweaver template to create your learning application, you simply need the Flash movie file, the .swf. You can create a directory in your Web site called “movies” to hold any Flash movies.


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