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In this course, author Todd Perkins demonstrates key changes in the CS5.5 release of Adobe's interactive design and animation software. This course covers workflow improvements, enhanced ActionScript features (including new code snippets for AIR and several mobile frameworks), file optimization techniques, and extended support for Android and iOS app development in AIR.
The new convert to bitmap feature enables you to easily convert any selected object to a library bitmap. On the stage here, I have a complex vector shape. This is the type of object you might want to convert to a bitmap image if they're slowing your performance down and if you're not making many edits to them. Another reason movie clip could be a good candidate to convert to a bitmap is if there's something on it that you'd like to edit using a program like Photoshop.
So I have the movie clip which is an instance of BG. I can convert it to a bitmap by right- clicking and choosing Convert to Bitmap. And now in the Properties panel it no longer says instance of BG, it actually says bitmap, so this is a bitmap graphic right here not even inside of a symbol. So I still have that BG movie clip in the library and if I double-click it you'll see that I still have vector shapes that I can edit.
So the original symbol is unaltered, where I was working with it in a Timeline is now converted to a bitmap graphic. So now if I wanted to say edit this bitmap in Photoshop I can right-click the name which is Bitmap 1 that's the name is automatically generated by Flash I could choose Edit with Adobe Photoshop CS5, so I could add some kind of simple effect like maybe a Drop Shadow or something like that by double-clicking my layer and just checking Drop Shadow, and I'll just adjust the spread so it's nice and obvious.
So spread in size and everything and I'll turn the Opacity up so you can see it pretty well, click OK, and then I'll save the artwork in the same folder. There is my FLA files, and I'll save this as a PNG file. So PNG, and then I'll find the exercise files, and I'll just call this Bitmap 1.png, save it in that folder. I'll click OK and I'll jump back over to Flash, and you won't see that it's automatically updated because the Bitmap 1.png wasn't a file until I opened it in Photoshop and made the edit.
I could double-click on the icon in the library and update it by clicking in the Import option and choosing Bitmap 1, which is in the Chapter 3 folder I'll click Open, and then you'll see the Drop Shadow applied, so I can click OK and now I've updated this graphic in Photoshop. So by converting an object to a bitmap, you can apply changes in applications like Photoshop or any other Image Editor where you can edit a bitmap image and you can convert an audio to a bitmap by right-clicking and choosing Convert to Bitmap.
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