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21.1. Flash

Flash is a ground-breaking multimedia format developed by Macromedia. Flash gives you the ability to create full-screen animation, interactive graphics, and integrated audio clips, all at remarkably small file sizes. Its magic lies in that it is a vector-based format (rather than bitmap), resulting in extremely compact files well-suited for web delivery. Vector graphics define objects with mathematical formulas that require far less data than describing each individual pixel of a bitmap image.

For more information (and to download a demo copy), visit Macromedia's site at http://www.flash.com/. Be sure to visit the gallery for examples of Flash used as navigation interfaces, interactive buttons, and even games.


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