Creating SWF Files
An SWF File is a Movie file created using
Macromedia’s proprietary SWF format.
All SWF files use the .SWF suffix to denote them. This file
format is universally accepted in Web publishing with a claimed
98% of all browsers being compatible. SWF files are also
referred to as Flash files, which refer to Macromedia’s Flash
development software. ImageMatics products produce Flash
SWF files that may be further enhanced by Flash and other
third party “Flash” development products.
Once you have completed you slide show you may now output it as
an .SWF file where it can be viewed on the Internet or off line
through an SWF player (any browser will do)
Selecting Publish from the File Menu will provide
you with a menu of out put selections The menu is shown below.
Selecting Flash File will bring up a file box in which
the name and location of the SWF file is entered.
The attributes of the SWF file are set in the Slide Show
The Slide Show Properties Dialog provides details
on setting the properties of the Slide Show.
For Internet applications the size of the file determines the
speed at which it will be downloaded. SWF files stream
the video which means that they movie begins before the entire
file is downloaded. SWF files use compressed images similar
to JPG for efficiency. The “quality factor” set in the
Slide Show Properties Dialog contributes
substantially to the images size.
Three things determine the size of the SWF file.
The size of the images
Quality (compression factor) selected
The size and quality of the sound file
Adding sound can sometimes more than double the size of an SWF
file. The sound attributes contributing to the sound files size
are accessed and edited in under the Sound Dialog found
on under Slide Show Properties Dialog.