Flash Professional 8 Essential Training
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Flash Professional 8 Essential Training

with Shane Rebenschied

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.
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  1. 31s
    1. Welcome
      31s
  2. 17m 42s
    1. File types
      3m 12s
    2. Bitmaps vs. vectors
      4m 33s
    3. Flash 8 vs. Flash Professional 8
      5m 36s
    4. What's new in Flash Professional 8
      4m 21s
  3. 24m 35s
    1. The Start page
      1m 36s
    2. The default workspace
      6m 48s
    3. Interface management
      4m 14s
    4. Essential preferences
      7m 7s
    5. Finding help
      4m 50s
  4. 1h 2m
    1. Drawing with the Pencil tool
      9m 57s
    2. Modifying lines
      2m 53s
    3. Drawing with the Pen tool
      3m 19s
    4. The Oval and Rectangle tools
      7m 58s
    5. The Free Transform tool
      2m 45s
    6. Modifying and optimizing shapes
      4m 25s
    7. The Brush tool
      2m 2s
    8. The Lasso tool
      1m 28s
    9. The Eyedropper tool
      2m 52s
    10. Using the Color Mixer and creating gradients
      12m 26s
    11. Adding and importing colors to the Color Swatches panel
      3m 44s
    12. Grouping and ungrouping objects
      4m 14s
    13. Object-based undo
      4m 17s
  5. 27m 32s
    1. Movie properties and frame rate
      7m 51s
    2. Timeline, frames, and keyframes
      5m 3s
    3. Deleting, copying, and reversing frames
      3m 17s
    4. Testing movies
      4m 4s
    5. Frame by frame animation
      7m 17s
  6. 28m 36s
    1. Shape tweening
      9m 36s
    2. Shape hinting
      5m 50s
    3. Shape tweening text
      6m 4s
    4. Editing multiple frames
      3m 48s
    5. Animating gradients
      3m 18s
  7. 23m 35s
    1. Creating Symbols
      10m 2s
    2. Alternate methods for creating and editing Symbols
      5m 31s
    3. Working with the Library
      8m 2s
  8. 45m 48s
    1. Basic motion tweens
      5m 57s
    2. Tweening effects
      3m 50s
    3. Editing multiple frames
      2m 47s
    4. Motion Guides
      15m 7s
    5. Motion tweening text
      9m 32s
    6. Easing
      3m 10s
    7. Custom easing controls (Pro only)
      5m 25s
  9. 5m 9s
    1. Adding, editing, and removing Timeline Effects
      5m 9s
  10. 14m 49s
    1. Masking
      7m 5s
    2. Animated masks
      7m 44s
  11. 27m 43s
    1. Text overview
      12m 37s
    2. Text options
      6m 22s
    3. Aliasing options
      5m 53s
    4. Spell checking, and Find and Replace
      2m 51s
  12. 29m 44s
    1. Importing and compressing
      9m 58s
    2. Bitmap sequence
      3m 45s
    3. Bitmap fills
      3m 28s
    4. Tracing bitmaps
      10m 17s
    5. Changing opacity of bitmaps
      2m 16s
  13. 11m 36s
    1. Working with Filters
      5m 58s
    2. Working with Blend Modes
      5m 38s
  14. 25m 47s
    1. Button types
      4m 47s
    2. Basic buttons
      10m 52s
    3. Rollover button
      2m 15s
    4. Rollover button with down state
      2m 50s
    5. Invisible button
      5m 3s
  15. 32m 39s
    1. What are Movie Clips?
      12m 21s
    2. Modifying Movie Clip instances
      8m 32s
    3. Animated rollover buttons
      11m 46s
  16. 3h 16m
    1. Time-based vs. user-based actions
      1m 52s
    2. Actions panel
      3m 6s
    3. Script Assist
      3m 24s
    4. Stop on frame
      6m 54s
    5. GetURL
      13m 16s
    6. Slide show
      26m 19s
    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 31s
    10. Scrolling text
      13m 23s
    11. Controlling Movie Clips
      9m 40s
    12. What are Scenes?
      3m 12s
    13. Loading SWFs
      20m 2s
    14. Loading JPEGs, GIFs, and PNGs
      8m 12s
    15. What is a preloader?
      1m 20s
    16. Building a simple preloader pt. 1
      9m 17s
    17. Building a simple preloader pt. 2
      18m 30s
    18. Building a simple preloader pt. 3
      14m 14s
    19. Behaviors
      2m 59s
  17. 6m 39s
    1. What are Components?
      2m 5s
    2. The UI Scrollbar Component
      4m 34s
  18. 36m 11s
    1. Importing sounds
      6m 7s
    2. Supported formats
      1m 28s
    3. Sound on buttons
      8m 45s
    4. Music on/off button
      19m 51s
  19. 16m 54s
    1. Importing and compressing video
      14m 44s
    2. Using the Flash 8 Video Encoder to compress video (Pro only)
      2m 10s
  20. 47m 33s
    1. Publishing content
      17m 7s
    2. Creating a projector
      3m 17s
    3. FS commands
      12m 35s
    4. The Bandwidth Profiler and simulating a download
      5m 50s
    5. Generating a size report
      2m 54s
    6. The Flash Player Detection Kit
      5m 50s
  21. 5m 32s
    1. Making Flash content accessible
      5m 32s
  22. 3m 45s
    1. Using the built-in templates
      3m 45s
  23. 21s
    1. Goodbye
      21s

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Watch the Online Video Course Flash Professional 8 Essential Training
11h 32m Beginner Sep 14, 2005

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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.

Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Shane Rebenschied

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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