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Chapter 2. Animating with Motion Tweens > Testing and Publishing

Testing and Publishing

When you have completed the animation and tested the SWF file during the project's progress, you might notice things that you want to change. By now, you should be relatively happy with the animation because you have tested and fixed or modified the tweens to your liking during each exercise. However, you might want the animation to run slightly faster or smoother. To do so, you can increase the frame rate as you did in the first project. Select Modify > Document and change the frame rate to 15. If you change this number so it is too high, your animation plays too quickly. By raising the frame rate and speeding up the animation, you eventually end up with a higher file size: You have to add more content to the SWF file to meet the same length of animation (in seconds).

Another issue you might notice, particularly if you are using Windows, is that the animation extends beyond the borders of the Stage instead of the areas around the edge of the Stage. You need to publish the file to an HTML browser window to see the animation play while appearing “cropped.” To view the animation in a browser window, select File > Publish Preview > HTML. This procedure opens a browser window automatically, which displays the animation within the proper boundaries. On Macintosh, the document plays in a sized SWF file when tested, so this step should be unnecessary unless you want to see what the animation looks like in a browser.


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