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Generating a size report

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Video: Generating a size report

[Male Voice:] Another fantastic way of getting a really good idea as to what's going on in each of your SWF files is by a feature that I mentioned earlier called, Generate Size Report. Now to demonstrate this feature I'm going to take a file that we worked on earlier, in this case, the slideshow and I'm going to save a copy on to my Desktop by choosing File, Save As, navigating to the Desktop, and saving the slideshow file there. Again you can do this with whichever FLA you'd like.

Generating a size report

[Male Voice:] Another fantastic way of getting a really good idea as to what's going on in each of your SWF files is by a feature that I mentioned earlier called, Generate Size Report. Now to demonstrate this feature I'm going to take a file that we worked on earlier, in this case, the slideshow and I'm going to save a copy on to my Desktop by choosing File, Save As, navigating to the Desktop, and saving the slideshow file there. Again you can do this with whichever FLA you'd like. Once I've saved a copy of this FLA onto my Desktop, choose File, Publish Settings.

Then, from the Flash tab in the Publish Settings Dialog box, click on the checkbox that says generate size report, then click OK. And publish your movie by choosing File Publish. When you do that the Output window will open to show the size report, but, you can simply close that panel. Hide or minimize Flash for a moment, and on your Desktop you'll see the FLA that you've saved and then, depending upon your publish settings, you should probably see an HTML file in a SWF file.

In addition to those, you'll see the Slideshow Report Text file. Open that text file in whichever text editor you prefer on either Mac or Windows and inside of there you'll see a detailed breakdown of everything that's going on inside the SWF file. Toward the top, it shows you everything that's going on in each of the four frames from my slideshow FLA file. It shows how many bytes there are in each particular frame and how many bytes there are total. In addition to that it also shows me the symbols that I'm using and how many bytes that is adding to my movie, any fonts I'm using and how bytes that is adding to my movie, as well as exactly which characters I'm using.

It shows me the ActionScript bytes that I'm adding to my movie with all the actions that I'm using, as well as, it shows me the Bitmap that I'm using in my movie and what the compressed file size of those images are. So the Generate Size Report feature is extremely useful when trying to get the smallest file size possible out of your Flash presentations. If you're trying to figure out how to create a presentation with the smallest file size the Generate Size Report feature will allow you to take a look at everything that's going on in your movie and, possibly, provide you with some clues as to where you can reduce the overall file size of your movie.

You may look at it and say ,wow, I didn't realize that Bitmap graphic was 20.3 kilobytes. Maybe you can reduce that file size by compressing it more, or replacing it with something else and so forth. So it gives you a really good overview as to what's going on in each frame of your movie so that you can better understand what's going inside the SWF file and also be able to reduce the file size of whatever content it is that you're building.

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Flash Professional 8 Essential Training

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  1. 32s
    1. Welcome
      32s
  2. 17m 45s
    1. File types
      3m 13s
    2. Bitmaps vs. vectors
      4m 33s
    3. Flash 8 vs. Flash Professional 8
      5m 37s
    4. What's new in Flash Professional 8
      4m 22s
  3. 24m 33s
    1. The Start page
      1m 37s
    2. The default workspace
      6m 49s
    3. Interface management
      4m 15s
    4. Essential preferences
      7m 1s
    5. Finding help
      4m 51s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      9m 58s
    2. Modifying lines
      2m 54s
    3. Drawing with the Pen tool
      3m 20s
    4. The Oval and Rectangle tools
      7m 59s
    5. The Free Transform tool
      2m 46s
    6. Modifying and optimizing shapes
      4m 26s
    7. The Brush tool
      2m 3s
    8. The Lasso tool
      1m 28s
    9. The Eyedropper tool
      2m 53s
    10. Using the Color Mixer and creating gradients
      12m 27s
    11. Adding and importing colors to the Color Swatches panel
      3m 45s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping objects
      4m 15s
    13. Object-based undo
      4m 18s
  5. 27m 37s
    1. Movie properties and frame rate
      7m 52s
    2. Timeline, frames, and keyframes
      5m 4s
    3. Deleting, copying, and reversing frames
      3m 18s
    4. Testing movies
      4m 5s
    5. Frame by frame animation
      7m 18s
  6. 28m 38s
    1. Shape tweening
      9m 36s
    2. Shape hinting
      5m 51s
    3. Shape tweening text
      6m 4s
    4. Editing multiple frames
      3m 49s
    5. Animating gradients
      3m 18s
  7. 23m 37s
    1. Creating Symbols
      10m 2s
    2. Alternate methods for creating and editing Symbols
      5m 32s
    3. Working with the Library
      8m 3s
  8. 45m 53s
    1. Basic motion tweens
      5m 57s
    2. Tweening effects
      3m 51s
    3. Editing multiple frames
      2m 48s
    4. Motion Guides
      15m 7s
    5. Motion tweening text
      9m 33s
    6. Easing
      3m 11s
    7. Custom easing controls (Pro only)
      5m 26s
  9. 5m 10s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing Timeline Effects
      5m 10s
  10. 14m 50s
    1. Masking
      7m 5s
    2. Animated masks
      7m 45s
  11. 27m 47s
    1. Text overview
      12m 38s
    2. Text options
      6m 23s
    3. Aliasing options
      5m 54s
    4. Spell checking, and Find and Replace
      2m 52s
  12. 29m 48s
    1. Importing and compressing
      9m 59s
    2. Bitmap sequence
      3m 46s
    3. Bitmap fills
      3m 28s
    4. Tracing bitmaps
      10m 18s
    5. Changing opacity of bitmaps
      2m 17s
  13. 11m 38s
    1. Working with Filters
      5m 59s
    2. Working with Blend Modes
      5m 39s
  14. 25m 52s
    1. Button types
      4m 48s
    2. Basic buttons
      10m 53s
    3. Rollover button
      2m 16s
    4. Rollover button with down state
      2m 51s
    5. Invisible button
      5m 4s
  15. 32m 41s
    1. What are Movie Clips?
      12m 22s
    2. Modifying Movie Clip instances
      8m 32s
    3. Animated rollover buttons
      11m 47s
  16. 3h 16m
    1. Time-based vs. user-based actions
      1m 53s
    2. Actions panel
      3m 7s
    3. Script Assist
      3m 24s
    4. Stop on frame
      6m 55s
    5. GetURL
      13m 17s
    6. Slide show
      26m 20s
    7. Creating a pop-up menu pt. 1
      6m 31s
    8. Creating a pop-up menu pt. 2
      16m 59s
    9. Creating a pop-up menu pt. 3
      17m 32s
    10. Scrolling text
      13m 24s
    11. Controlling Movie Clips
      9m 41s
    12. What are Scenes?
      3m 13s
    13. Loading SWFs
      20m 3s
    14. Loading JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs
      8m 12s
    15. What is a preloader?
      1m 21s
    16. Building a simple preloader pt. 1
      9m 18s
    17. Building a simple preloader pt. 2
      18m 31s
    18. Building a simple preloader pt. 3
      14m 14s
    19. Behaviors
      3m 0s
  17. 6m 41s
    1. What are Components?
      2m 6s
    2. The UI Scrollbar Component
      4m 35s
  18. 36m 15s
    1. Importing sounds
      6m 8s
    2. Supported formats
      1m 29s
    3. Sound on buttons
      8m 46s
    4. Music on/off button
      19m 52s
  19. 16m 55s
    1. Importing and compressing video
      14m 45s
    2. Using the Flash 8 Video Encoder to compress video (Pro only)
      2m 10s
  20. 47m 38s
    1. Publishing content
      17m 8s
    2. Creating a projector
      3m 18s
    3. FS commands
      12m 36s
    4. The Bandwidth Profiler and simulating a download
      5m 50s
    5. Generating a size report
      2m 55s
    6. The Flash Player Detection Kit
      5m 51s
  21. 5m 33s
    1. Making Flash content accessible
      5m 33s
  22. 3m 46s
    1. Using the built-in templates
      3m 46s
  23. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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