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Using Projectors and the fscommand Action

Most of the time, you’ll play your Flash movie in a browser over the Web. Flash was conceived and developed to deliver content this way. But Flash also provides a way to create projectors—self-executable applications that don’t require the browser or Flash Player for playback. On either a Windows or Mac system, you can publish projectors for either platform. In Windows, the file extension is .exe, and on the Mac, the word projector is appended to the file name. These projector files are larger than the normal exported SWF files, but they contain everything you need to play the content you create, including graphics, animation, sound, and interactivity. Use projectors to deliver your Flash content on transportable media such as floppy disks or CD-ROMs—an ideal scenario for portfolios, presentations, or marketing material.

Playback of Flash content through projectors is different in one respect: Projectors don’t use an HTML page that contains tags or instructions to tell it how to be displayed. Will playback be full-screen? Can the window be scalable? You have to give the projector answers to these playback questions rather than rely on an accompanying HTML page. To set or change these kinds of display parameters, use the fscommand action, which has just a few simple parameters for projectors, as detailed in Table 6.3.


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