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In Flash CS5 New Features, author Todd Perkins demonstrates key changes in the CS5 release of Adobe's interactive design and animation software. This course covers enhanced ActionScript features, including code snippets and error handling improvements, new publishing options for Adobe AIR, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash Builder integration, and the new Text Layout Framework for detailed text editing. Exercise files are included with the course.
With the new FXG file format, integration between Flash and Illustrator has improved. We have a very easy way to exchange artwork between the applications that preserves the editability of vector art, as well as text. I am going to export the art on the stage as an FXG file using File > Export > Export Image. I will save this as illustrator.fxg and click Save. Now, I will go to the Finder to double-click that file to open it up in Illustrator CS5.
Note that the text is editable, just like it was in Flash. So let's say I wanted to change the logo to say KIDS cal instead of KIDS California. I can simply delete the 'afornia' from California to do that. So now it just says KIDS Cal. And you will notice that the vector art is editable, just like any other vector art in Illustrator. Now, I will save the file, File > Save, and then I can choose FXG Options in this dialog box before saving the file. Note that you can click the Show Code button to see the XML data for this file.
So you can choose the FXG Version, some options, like whether to save Illustrator private data, including unused symbols or to downsample linked images. The Conversion Options area allows you to specify whether you want to preserve the editibility, or the appearance of filters, texts, gradients and blend modes. Choosing Automatic Conversion allows Illustrator to choose whether to maintain edibility, or appearance, based on the complexity of the artwork.
So I will click OK - that will save the FXG file - and then I will jump back over to Flash, and it'll work. So the first thing I am going to do is delete the artwork off the stage, and then I am going to use File > Import > Import to stage, and I will select illustrator.fxg to bring that file into Flash. So you can see the artwork comes into Flash, and the text is still editable. So if I wanted to change KIDS Cal back to KIDS California, I could do that. And the artwork, once again, is editable in Flash, just like any other artwork.
So it communicates clearly between these two applications. So you can edit artwork in Flash, or in Illustrator, or you can work together, and whoever is working on the project can use the application of their choice.
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