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The Workshop consists of quiz questions and answers to help you solidify your understanding of the material covered in this hour. You should try to answer the questions before checking the answers.



How do you open and edit a .swf file?

  1. You can't, and unless you have a backup of the .fla file, you're pretty much out of luck.

  2. You can simply select File, Open.

  3. You can import it by selecting File, Import.


How can you make your animation appear to play really fast?

  1. Crank up the frame rate in the Document Properties dialog box to 120.

  2. Brick the user by employing age-old animation techniques.

  3. Suggest that users purchase the fastest computer they can afford.


What is the standard unit of measurement for web pages and multimedia?

  1. Inches

  2. Centimeters

  3. Pixels

Quiz Answers


A. Generally, you can't do anything but watch a .swf file. Truth be told, you can actually import a .swf file (as in Answer C). However, this won't work if when you exported the .swf file in the first place you specified Protect from Import in the Flash tab of the Publish Settings dialog box. Also, when you import a .swf file, just the sequence of frames is imported (no interactivity), so it's rarely very useful. In addition, there are third-party tools (such as Manitu Group's Action Script Viewer that can extract the media and scripts from a .swf. (You'll see more third-party tools listed in Appendix B, "Resources.") The bottom line, however, is you should always keep a backup .fla.


B. Although increasing the frame rate to 120 fps makes Flash try to play quickly, the chances of it actually playing that fast are unlikely (depending on the computer). So, although Answer A is not entirely wrong, using age-old animation tricks (which are covered in Hour 7, "Animation the Old-Fashioned Way," and Hour 22, "Advanced Animation Techniques") is the best way. Something doesn't actually have to move fast to appear to move fast.


C. This isn't an opinion: The standard is pixels.

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    Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash 8 in 24 Hours
    Sams Teach Yourself Macromedia Flash 8 in 24 Hours
    ISBN: 0672327546
    EAN: 2147483647
    Year: 2006
    Pages: 235

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