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Chapter 22. Using Flash MX Professional ... > Using Version Source Control

Using Version Source Control

Flash lets you create complex documents using combinations of media and files to produce just about anything your imagination can dream. In many cases, a complex project is produced by more than one Flash author. When that happens, you might encounter problems when two authors check out, and edit the same file. Version control in Flash MX Professional 2004 lets you ensure that multiple authors working on the same project file are always using the latest version of a file, and that one author will never overwrite the work of another author. In order to use version-control, you must first define a site for the project.

Use Version Source Control

Create a Project, or open an existing Project.

Click the File menu, and then click Edit Sites.

Click New.

Enter the Site Name, the Local Root path, E-mail address, and the Check Out Name of the author.

Click the Connection popup, and then select whether the author will be using a Local/Network or FTP (File Transfer Protocol).

If an FTP connection will be used, enter the FTP Host, FTP Directory, Login Name, and Login Password for the FTP site.

Click OK.

Click Done.

Right-click your mouse on the project, and then click Settings from the context-sensitive menu.

Click the Site popup, and then select the new Site Definition, created in steps 3 and 4.

Click OK.

Right-click your mouse on the project, and then click Check In.

Flash will check in all files within the current project into the site.

IMPORTANT If the Flash designers working on the current project live in different areas, you will need to set up a sharing server using sharing technologies such as WebDav. It's important to set up the shared server using the proper protocols, to prevent the possibility of hackers entering the server through the shared connection. Contact your IP department or service provider for more information on setting up a shared server.


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