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Chapter 5. Importing, Using, and Optimiz... > Importing Vector Graphics

Importing Vector Graphics

Many graphics programs are capable of exporting in the SWF format, either natively or with the help of a plug-in. For a list of third-party programs that can export in the SWF format, see Appendix C, “Flash Resources.” You can import those SWF files just like you would any other graphic. After an SWF is imported, it can be left as is or broken apart and further modified inside Flash.

There are a few things you need to know about importing SWF files that might not be intuitively obvious. Because of the way SWF files are compressed, not all elements of the original file can be extracted from an SWF. This holds true for SWF files created both in Flash and in other programs. Some of the things you need to be aware of include these:


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