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Flash Adding Multimedia Content to Web Pages What is it? A multimedia program Combines motion, graphics, sound, and interactivity in web page formats Began as FutureSplash Acquired by Macromedia in 1997 Vector-based Vector vs. Bitmap Vector Uses geometric equations

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Flash

Adding Multimedia Content to Web Pages

what is it
What is it?
  • A multimedia program
  • Combines motion, graphics, sound, and interactivity in web page formats
  • Began as FutureSplash
  • Acquired by Macromedia in 1997
  • Vector-based
vector vs bitmap
Vector vs. Bitmap
  • Vector
    • Uses geometric equations
    • A circle is a circle, a square a square, etc
    • Higher quality than Bitmap
    • Best for rendering type and shapes
  • Bitmap
    • Generally in 2 formats, GIF and JPEG
    • Series of pixels (which are square)
    • Best for reproducing photgraphs
flash files
Flash Files
  • Files are called Shockwave Flash, or swf and the working document has a file extension of fla
  • Web browser must have the plug-in installed (No big deal, it is free) it will open swf files, only Flash can open a fla file
terminology
Terminology
  • Stage – where we assemble the parts
  • Timeline – where we determine what happens and when
  • Panels – holds the controls for the Stage and Timeline
  • Menu Bar – Same as other software programs
  • Like all proprietary software, it has its own buzz words
creating graphics
Creating Graphics
  • We need to work with properties such as frame rate, dimensions, background color, and ruler units
  • We utilize the Tools Panel for all of our drawing and manipulating objects
tools panel
Tools Panel
  • Four sections
      • Tools – drawing and selecting
      • View – change the magnification or position of the stage
      • Colors – of course to specify colors in use
      • Options – vary depending on the tool in use
samples
Samples
  • http://www.homepages.dsu.edu/pauliw/Cis275Work/http.htm