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Hour 1. Basics > File Types

File Types

Clearly, the most common use for Flash is to create interactive animations for the Web. Sifting through all the different file types involved can be a little confusing. At a minimum, you need to understand three types: source (.fla) files, exported (.swf) files, and or Hypertext Markup Language (HTML; .htm or .html) files.

Source (.fla) Files

One of the two main file types in Flash is the source Flash movie that you save while working. It uses the file extension .fla (often pronounced “fla”). You can open and edit any .fla file, provided that you own Flash. This is your source file. With the .fla file, you can always restore the other file types—but nothing can restore a .fla file (except, maybe, doing all the work over again).


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