View Full Version : Create a swf (flash) file?

23-09-2004, 07:06 PM
There is another thread asking how to open a flash file, and while reading it I wondered about making a flash file. How is it done / what software is necessary? What advantages/disadvantages do flash files have compared to avi or mpeg or animated gif's???


23-09-2004, 07:59 PM
Gee Whizz
That's a big question that could take hours to break down.
Macromedia Flash (the program, not the player) is used to create .fla files
when the .fla file is complete it is exported to a .swf file for playback
In crude terms one builds a movie on a series of timelines similar to video editing
It is primarily for web based movies & animations but is becoming more popular for serious multimedia authoring as the program develops.
It is popular for webwork due to the very small file sizes it produces

Hell, this is going to take ages & I'll still stuff it up

My recommendation is go to www.macromedia.com download the Flash trial, do a google for tutorials sites & have a play around.
There are also plenty of other alternatives to produce .swf' such as Swish

24-09-2004, 04:17 PM
Thanks. No need for a lengthy explanation - your post is adequate. :)