Publish Flash CS5 Movies - dummies

By Jennifer Smith, Christopher Smith, Fred Gerantabee

The .fla or .xfl files you use to build your Adobe Flash Creative Suite 5 movie are intended only for the Flash CS5 authoring environment. When you’re ready to deliver a final product, create a final .swf (compressed movie) file that Flash Player can display in a web browser.

Flash Player is responsible for displaying your movie in web pages and mobile phones and on CD-ROM (when packaged as a projector). Adobe AIR (Adobe Integrated Runtime) provides an environment where movies can be run as desktop applications.

The Publish command, activated when you choose File→Publish, creates your final .swf file (often pronounced “swiff”) as well as additional files, such as .html (web) pages that you need to display your movie in different environments. When the Publish process is complete, you can then upload completed files to the web, copy them to CD-ROM, or package them for mobile phone delivery.

Before publishing your final movie, use the Publish Settings dialog box to tell Flash exactly which files you want to generate and which settings to use for each file type. You can specify settings for every file format you choose as well as quality settings for sounds and images used in your movie.

The file types you choose depend on your movie’s final destination, whether it‘s the web, your desktop, a CD-ROM, a mobile device, or a standalone, kiosk-style presentation.

After you select the correct settings for the file formats and files you want to create, you can publish your movie in one of two ways:

  • At the bottom of the Publish Settings panel, click the Publish button.

  • Choose File→Publish.

In most cases, you’ll publish a SWF and companion HTML file so you can view your movie in a web browser.