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Chapter 24. Printing: What You See Is No... > Printing from the Flash Player

Printing from the Flash Player

Users with Flash Player version 4.0.25 (Windows), 4.0.20 (Macintosh), or later can use the Print command in the Flash pop-up menu to print the contents of any Flash movie. This command is rather limited—it prints frames in the main movie’s timeline only and does not let you print any color effects. In addition, the Print command works only if you have not disabled the Flash pop-up menu, which is normally opened by right-clicking (Windows) or Control-clicking (Macintosh) the Flash movie in either the browser or the Standalone player.

Exercise 24.1 Printing from the Flash Player

Before you start to do any fancy printing, take a few minutes to play around with the Print command from the Flash Player pop-up menu.

1.
Open print_player.fla from the Chapter_24/Assets folder on the CD. This movie contains five frames in the Content layer on the main timeline.

2.
Move the playhead through each of the five frames to see the contents of the movie. (See Figure 24.1.)

Figure 24.1. The movie contains five frames in the Content layer.


3.
Choose Control > Test Movie from the main menu to test the movie as an SWF.

4.
Right-click (Windows) or Control-click (Macintosh) the movie. Select the Print command from the pop-up menu. (See Figure 24.2.)

Figure 24.2. Select Print from the pop-up menu.


5.
After your system’s standard Print dialog box opens, use the default settings to print the Flash movie as you would any other document. If at all possible, print your movie to a color printer.

The movie should print in five pages—one page for each frame in the main timeline.


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