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Document Sizes

When you create a new Flash document, the movie size is always set to a default size of 550×400 pixels. It may seem like an arbitrary size, but it actually makes sense. The most common screen size used to be 640×480, and if you’re looking at Flash in a browser, many pixels are taken up by the browser window itself. Setting the movie to 550×400 made certain that everyone could see your entire movie. Now the more common screen size is 800×600, which will soon be replaced by yet a larger size. So asking “What size should I make my movies?” is a great question. The answer is that there is no single answer. You’ll want to ask yourself the following questions first: “What will my movie be? A button, a toolbar, an entire site, and so on...” and “What kind of screens will the average user of my movie have?”


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