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Chapter 6. Publishing > Other Flash Tab Settings

Other Flash Tab Settings

So far you have learned about the Version menu, and we've gone over the sound settings, but what other controls are present in our Flash SWF creation? Refer to Figure 6.6 to see the entire Flash tab and the options found there. Here's a list that describes each of them:

  • Load Order. Use this option to decide how your timeline will load onto the end user's computer. Your choices are limited to top-down and bottom-up (which is the default). However, the main thing to keep in mind is your initialization of variables in ActionScript. If you have items loading before your initialization that rely on some of those variables, your frame might not load correctly. Your use of variables is where you will run into the most problems with the load order. Therefore, it is important to keep your initialization of variables as close to the first thing loaded as possible.

  • ActionScript Version. This option is for setting the ActionScript version to run in the SWF file. The default is version 2.0, and you can also select version 1.0 (the previous version of ActionScript). If you do select ActionScript version 2.0, you can also create the classpath for external ActionScript files (.as), which hold classes you have built.

  • Options and Password. These options allow you to maintain your project. For example, you may want to restrict some users from being able to debug your project or find out some statistics about the file after publishing. Here are the options:

    • Generate Size Report. This is useful in trying to determine which frames are causing problems in your SWF document, which frames are largest, and which frames load fastest. It's also useful for determining the overall size of your project. If your client requests a specific size for a project, you can use this report to target frames and reduce the overall size of a project. It is useful in identifying areas of your project that may be too large to load for your users.

    • Protect File from Import. This is highly useful to keep envious designers from stealing your creativity. You can also choose to have a password to allow certain users to view your work (the Password field will become active when you select this option).

    • Omit Trace Actions. Trace actions are ActionScript code useful in testing parts of your movie. The results of trace actions will appear in the Output window. Omitting them is only a good idea on your final publication to your end users. It is not a good idea before this because you may want to use trace actions in the debugging and development of your project.

    • Debugging Permitted. This option provides end users with the ability to debug your project from a remote server. This option can be useful if you need outside assistance with your project in the debugging stage. This is also password-enabled (so the Password field will become enabled).

    • Compress Movie. This option is only available with Flash Players 6 and 7. It attempts to compress your movie to the smallest size possible. It is set to On by default.

    • Optimize for Flash Player 6 r65. This option is only available when choosing the Flash Player 6. It is used to improve performance for the Flash Player 6 subversion 65 and later versions of the Flash Player only.

  • JPEG Quality. This option refers specifically to the JPEG quality within your Flash movie. You have an option range of 0 to 100 for the quality of bitmapped images in your Flash SWF document. Remember, you will have the tradeoff of a larger file size the higher the setting you select. Generally, I like to keep my images up around 90%.



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