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Lesson 12. Publishing and Exporting > Creating a Preloader

Creating a Preloader

After you add graphics, sound, and content to your movie, the file can become rather large. Even after you optimize your movie, you might find that integral parts of the movie have frames that go above the red line in the Bandwidth Profiler. What happens if a user clicks a button to go to a particular frame, and that frame hasn't been downloaded yet? Flash will not go to frames that haven't been loaded, so you need to make sure that everything that needs to be loaded is loaded before you let Flash perform such actions. A solution to this problem is a preloader. A preloader is an animation that plays while the contents of the Flash movie download.

You'll make a preloader in this exercise. Before you begin, make sure that you have neptune36.fla open.


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