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Chapter 6. Managing Outside Communication > Communicating with Generator

Communicating with Generator

While the action loadMovieNum is useful for loading external Flash movies, those movies remain static because their graphics and animations have already been created and rendered. If you want to load content on the fly and create Flash graphics and animation with dynamic information, you need to turn to Flash Generator.

There are actually two parts to Generator. First, you create templates, called Shockwave Flash template (SWT) files, in Flash. These templates specify what kind of data to use and what to do with it. Then, when you access those SWT files from a browser, the Generator Dynamic Graphics Server takes those templates, integrates the data, and delivers the newly created media to your audience. Generator is ideal for creating Flash graphics with information that changes continuously. For example, a graphical weather map could be created in run-time with weather information on the server, or a stock-ticker banner could display the latest stock prices.


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