When you want to create complete layouts in Illustrator and then import them into Flash in one step, you can save your artwork in the native Illustrator format (AI) and import it, with high fidelity, into Flash using the File > Import To Stage or File > Import To Library commands in Flash.
If your Illustrator file contains multiple artboards, you select the artboard you want to import from the Import dialog box in Flash, and specify settings for in that artboard for all layers. All objects on the selected artboard can be imported as a single or multiple flash layers or keyframes in Flash Pro.
When you import Illustrator artwork as an AI, EPS, or PDF file, Flash preserves the same attributes as for pasted Illustrator artwork. In addition, when an imported Illustrator file contains layers, you can import them in any of the following ways:
- Convert Illustrator layers to Flash layers
- Convert Illustrator layers to Flash frames
- Convert all Illustrator layers to a single Flash layer
Symbol workflow in Illustrator is similar to symbol workflow in Flash.
If the AI file contains Text, you can convert the text to:
- Editable Text
- Vector Outline
- Flattened bitmap image
Flash Pro CC allows you to convert layers in the imported AI file to:
- Single flattened bitmap file
- Editable paths and effects
(Flash Professional CS6 and earlier versions only) Symbol properties and links
Using the Symbols panel or the Control panel, you can easily assign names to symbol instances, break links between instances and symbols, swap a symbol instance with another symbol, or create a copy of the symbol. In Flash, the editing features in the Library panel work in a similar way.
(Flash Professional CS6 and earlier versions only) Static, dynamic, and input text objects
When you bring static text from Illustrator into Flash, Flash converts the text to outlines. In addition, you can set up your text in Illustrator as dynamic text. Dynamic text enables you to edit text content programmatically in Flash, and easily manage projects that require localization in multiple languages.
In Illustrator, you can specify individual text objects as static, dynamic, or input text. Dynamic text objects in Illustrator and Flash have similar properties. For example, both use kerning that affects all characters in a text block rather than individual characters, both anti-alias text the same way, and both can be linked to an external XML file containing text.