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Publishing and Exporting

Flash’s Publish function is geared toward presenting animation on the Web. The Publish command can create the Flash Player (.swf) file and an HTML document that puts your Flash Player file in a browser window. The Publish command can also create alternative file formats—GIF, JPEG, PNG, and QuickTime—and the HTML need to display them in the browser window. Alternative formats let you make some of the animation and interactivity of your site available even to viewers who lack the Flash plug-in. Flash can also create stand-alone projector files.

Flash’s Export Movie command exports a movie directly into a single format. In general, the options for exporting from Flash—GIF, JPEG, PNG, and QuickTime—are the same as those for publishing to those formats. The arrangement of some options differs between the export and publish dialog boxes, and some formats have more options in the Publish Settings dialog box. In the Publish Settings dialog box, for example, you have the choice to remove gradients from GIFs (to keep the file size small), whereas in the Export GIF dialog box, you don’t have that option. Another difference between publishing and exporting is that Flash stores the publish settings with the movie file for reuse.


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