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3. Your First Animation > 3.5. Publishing Your Movie

Publishing Your Movie

The animation is done, but your work cannot be shown outside the Flash authoring environment without publishing the movie, so let’s get it ready.

Publishing a Flash movie is the act of exporting the completed version of a .fla file (pronounced “flah,” as in “rhymes with Rock the Casbah“) as another file type. The .fla format is used only for editing within the Flash authoring environment; it is too bloated with excess information (and too unprotected) to be appropriate for distribution. Another file type must be created to make the movie compatible with the various client software used to run Flash content, such as the Flash Player and QuickTime Player. Upon publishing Flash content for the Web (for use with the Flash Player browser plugin), the .fla file is compiled into a self-contained .swf file (pronounced “swiff”) for use online. You can also publish QuickTime movies (.mov files), static .gif or .jpg images, or Projectors (.exe files or Macintosh applications). Many of these published file types are discussed throughout this book.


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