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Chapter 6. Tips for Using the Library > Creating and Using Font Symbols

Creating and Using Font Symbols

Using fonts can add a lot to the size of a Flash movie. Before Flash 5, if you used the same font in multiple movies, that font information was included in each and every movie you created. That’s a lot of redundant download time. Now Flash enables you to place fonts in a Shared Library for reuse. Information about the font doesn’t get embedded in each Flash file. These fonts, called Font Symbols, can be used in multiple movies, but need only be downloaded once.

“That’s great,” you say. “I can finally format all my input and dynamic text to look just like I want without embedding the fonts.” Not so fast. As of this writing, there’s an issue with the current Flash player. It doesn’t enable you to use Font Symbols for dynamic text or input text. Sorry. Don’t worry, though; Macromedia is well aware of this issue and is working on it. In the meantime, you can use Font Symbols for static text. That’s still a file size saver.


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