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Chapter 16. File Size Optimization > Identifying Optimization Needs

Identifying Optimization Needs

Profiling

You don't have to wait until you've completed your presentation to see how it will look or how it's behaving. Macromedia Flash MX gives you the freedom to profile a document as you create it. This helps you troubleshoot problems as you go—an extremely useful feature, since most of the time Flash documents grow to become quite complex. If we waited until the very end to test our published presentation, it may be difficult to pinpoint where a certain problem is occurring and why. Examining or profiling a Flash document's published presentation is a key component in measuring the success of the final product. Are certain scripts working? Are rollovers within buttons happening the way you envisioned them? Is the presentation too long or too short? Are the sounds crisp? This chapter outlines the key aspects of ensuring success and avoiding surprises when it comes time for final output. Flash gives you various ways to identify where your document needs optimization. The two main tools in retrieving this information are the size reports and the bandwidth profiler.

Previewing Movies

While you're creating your Flash document, you can test the movie anytime to see if all is working properly to that point. This allows you to isolate any problems right away. To test your movie, select Control, Test Movie from the top drop-down menu.


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