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Information on how to learn Flash is prevalent, but it can be frustrating to understand how to make an entire working web site using this unique technology. Here's a course that cuts through the clutter and offers practical tools for creating a dynamic web site, even for first-time developers. In Creating a First Web Site with Flash CS4 Professional, veteran Flash instructor Paul Trani simplifies the process of integrating animation, video, audio, and user interactivity to create a site that is dynamic and appealing. The goal of this hands-on workshop is to teach web site-building skills for today’s demanding interactive industry. Exercise files accompany the course.
Once you are done creating your site in Flash, you then get the opportunity to publish it for the world to see. This is a very exciting step, because you can see my site is looking beautiful and I want to go ahead and add it to a webpage and then ultimately upload it. So I'm going to close that test file and I'm going to review the Publish Settings. So I want to go to File, down to Publish Settings, so then here as you can see, I do have different types that I can publish to. I do want to publish an SWF for sure, because that's made for the web, but what I can do in here is change the name as well. And even publish it to a different folder if I want to.
But in this case, I'm going to call it index, index being the homepage for the site, and that I also want to publish an HTML page as well. HTML page, I want to rename to index as well. So both files are called index and they are ready to be published. Let's take a look at some of the settings we have available. If I click this Flash tab, I can see that I'm given a quite a few settings in here. One of the more important options in here is the Flash Player version. In general what you would want to do is Publish to the lowest version of the Flash Player available.
But for the most parts, so many people have Flash Player 9 and 10, I'm just going to leave that alone, but if I do have different requirements, I can drop the Flash Player type down. In this case I'm going to leave it as Flash Player 10. You can see that I can crunch down the JPEG quality more, I can increase or decrease the Audio levels and I can also check some of these other options as well. Everything is pretty self-explanatory and you should really leave the defaults checked. So I really couldn't think of the case where you do not want to not compress the movie, but in general that's always going to be checked.
So everything looks really good in here. I'm going to go the HTML tab and in the HTML tab, you can see that I have other options as well. I can match the movie size (Match Movie). I can make it larger. But for the most part, you are not going to even need to touch any of these options either. So I want to make sure that Quality is High, it's going to play in a window and the HTML alignment is going to be set to Default. And all I need to do is click Publish. Now what happens is it generates the SWF file and the HTML file.
I'm going to select OK. Now what I can do is I can open up that HTML file in a program such as Dreamweaver. So I'm going to File > Open, to my Exercise Files folder. I'm going into Chapter_08 and there is my index.swf file that's created. If I double click it, it opens up that HTML file. Now I can actually crack the hood open if you will, by clicking this Code button here in Dreamweaver. Just to take a look at all the codes that was generated, that I didn't have to write but is generated, and allows me to play this Flash File on a webpage.
I am going back to Design View. You can easily select that SWF file and modify some of the settings further down here as well, just as easily. So these are the similar settings that were also in your Publish Settings dialog box. So all I need to do is go to File and Preview in Browser, I'll Preview in Firefox, there's my site. It opens and it doesn't look pretty good, and I like the black background. The only thing I'm going to do is recenter it.
So with my cursor set to this side, I'm going to add some CSS that is going to center all the content. So when I click that center button, it's going to allow me to center this side and any content that's on here. So I'm using Dreamweaver CS4. I can go down to Tag because that's what I want to modify. I want to modify the body tag and that's all I need to do. Anything with a body tag is going to be centered. That's all I need to do. Select OK. Go to File > Preview in Browser > Preview in Firefox. It asks me if I want to save it because I did not save it, and there it is, beautifully centered and looking great.
So as you can see it's really simple, all I need to do is check my Publish Settings in Flash, and do further modifications in HTML program of your choice, to really get it the way you want it. But as you can see the full experience is here, looking great and ready to be uploaded.
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