When you’re finished animating and ready to generate a SWF file, your first (and last) stop is Publish Settings.
- Continue working with the same file or open satellite_animated.fla from the Chapter_02 Project Files folder. If necessary, press Command+S (Ctrl+S) to save your final changes.
- Choose File > Publish Settings.
- In the Publish Settings dialog, select the file types you want to “render.” In Flash, rendering is called publishing.
- By default, your published files are named the same as your FLA source file but with unique extensions such as .swf and .html. You can override default names by typing new ones in the File fields. Also, the published files are placed in the same folder as your FLA files. You can override this by clicking the folder icons to the right of the File fields and selecting different locations.
- Click the Publish button to publish (render) the output files. Then click OK to close the Publish Settings dialog.
By default, Flash outputs .swf and .html file formats. These are the two file types you’ll need if you want to deploy your movie on the Web. After you’ve published the Flash movie and the HTML file, you’ll need to move both files onto a Web server.
If you’re not deploying your Flash movie online—for example, if you’re bringing it into After Effects or PowerPoint—you can deselect HTML. For those purposes, you’ll only need a SWF file. In Chapter 9, we’ll go into greater detail about prepping SWF files for import into After Effects.