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Flash Professional 8 Essential Training with Shane Rebenschied teaches new users how to use the drawing tools, swatches, and color panels in Flash 8. The course walks learners through animation processes, and how to integrate type, graphics, audio, and video. Shane teaches you how to use ActionScript for common projects such as creating slide shows, pop-up menus, and scrolling text. The training ends with instruction on how to publish to the Web or CD-ROM.
[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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