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Q1:I'm working with people who have HTML experience, and we're including Flash within some very sophisticated HTML pages. Is it necessary for the HTML people to make customized templates for this project?
A1: No. It's probably not worth creating a template unless you plan to use it a lot. You can simply export a .swf file and send it to your HTML people, and they can embed it into the web pages. You could even send them a sample HTML file that Flash's Publish feature created so they can dissect it. Quite often, the HTML will be worked out long before the Flash portion is done. The Flash movie you're making could already have a space waiting in a larger web page. Instead of using Publish (which could overwrite an HTML file), you can just use File, Export Movie and export the .swf file. Even faster, if you've set your publishing settings for Flash the way you want, you can just run Test Movie, and a .swf file will be exported.
Q2:Now that I know how to publish, I know everything about Flash, right?
A2: Not quite. I think it's fair to say that you have the foundation skills to use Flash effectively. This book isn't exhaustive, although you might be exhausted. You now need to go out and get your hands dirty. You can revisit this book if necessary, but this is the point where you start your Flash career, not retire from it.
Q3:I feel like I've learned a lot in the last 24 one-hour chapters, but what if I have trouble with one of the topics? What's your phone number?
A3: First, you're welcome to email me at flash8@phillipkerman.com. In fact, if you find a particular part of the book that was confusing or a task that didn't work, you're probably not the only one, so please do bring it to my attention. I will try to reply to your email and I'll be sure to tell you whether I find any of your requests beyond the call of duty. But, really, don't feel like you're imposing.


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