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Creating Projectors

Projectors are self-sufficient run-time applications. To play a projector file, you simply double-click the projector icon. Projectors are an excellent way to distribute movies directly to people, such as to e-mail a Flash-animated greeting card to a friend. Projectors are platform-specific, but you can make projectors for both platforms from either platform.

To create a projector:

1.
Open the Flash movie from which you want to publish a projector.

2.
Choose File > Publish Settings.

The Publish Settings dialog box appears.

3.
In the Formats tab (Figure 16.41), choose one of the following options:

Figure 16.41. To create a run-time version of your movie, choose Windows Projector or Macintosh Projector in the Formats tab of the Publish Settings dialog box. There are no other options for formatting projectors.


  • To create a projector that runs on a Mac, choose Macintosh Projector.

  • To create a projector that runs in Windows, choose Windows Projector.

4.
Click the Publish button.

As it creates the projector files, Flash displays the Publishing dialog box, which has a progress bar and a button for canceling the operation. Flash places the projector files in the same location as the original Flash movie. A projector has a distinctive buttonlike icon (Figure 16.42).

Figure 16.42. The projector is a stand-alone run-time file. Double-click the icon to launch the projector.



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