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Seminar 1. Macromedia Flash MX and Web S... > Anatomy of Macromedia Flash MX and I...

Anatomy of Macromedia Flash MX and Internet Viewing

There are two environments in Flash—the Authoring environment and the Macromedia Flash Player. All Flash movies are created in the Authoring environment and have an FLA extension. When the creating and editing process in Flash is complete, the movie is ready to become an SWF file. You create an SWF file in Flash using the Publish command. SWF stands for small Web format; it’s actually just a compressed version of the FLA file and is much lower in file size. An SWF file can be interpreted by the Flash Player. The Flash Player plays the movie with all the functionality and interactivity you developed in the FLA file. The Flash Player is used to test the movie as you develop it. Typical of past releases of Flash, Macromedia includes both the Flash MX application and the Flash Player 6 in the new release.

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An FLA format movie can be very large in file size because it includes all objects and assets of your Flash movie and the functionality of the movie.



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