Export SWF files

The Animate Export commands do not store export settings separately with each file, as does the Publish command. (To create all the files you need to put Animate content on the web, use the Publish command.)

Export Movie exports a Animate document to a still-image format, creates a numbered image file for every frame in the document, and exports the sound in a document to a WAV file (Windows only).

  1. Open the Animate document to export, or select the frame or image to export in the current document.

  2. Select File > Export > Export Movie or File > Export > Export Image.

    Export image
    Export image
  3. Enter a name for the output file.
  4. Select the file format and click Save. If the format you selected requires more information, an Export dialog box appears.
  5. Set the export options for the format you selected. See About export file formats.

  6. Click OK, and then click Save.

About export file formats

Remember the following:

  • If the format you selected requires more information, an Export dialog box appears.

  • When you save a Animate image as a bitmap GIF, JPEG, PICT (Macintosh), or BMP (Windows) file, the image loses its vector information and is saved with pixel information only. You can edit images exported as bitmaps in image editors such as Adobe® Photoshop®, but you can no longer edit them in vector‑based drawing programs.

  • When you export a Animate file in the SWF format, text is encoded as Unicode, providing support for international character sets, including double-byte fonts. Flash Player 6 and later versions support Unicode encoding.

Animate content is exported as sequences and images are exported as individual files. PNG is the only cross-platform bitmap format that supports transparency (as an alpha channel). Some non-bitmap export formats do not support alpha (transparency) effects or mask layers.

The following table lists the formats that you can export Animate content and images to:

Update SWF files for Dreamweaver

To add the content to your page, export SWF files directly to an Adobe® Dreamweaver® site. Dreamweaver generates all the needed HTML code. You can start Animate from Dreamweaver to update the content. In Dreamweaver, you can update the Animate document (FLA file) and re-export the updated content automatically.

For more information on working with Dreamweaver, see Using Dreamweaver in Dreamweaver Help.

  1. In Dreamweaver, open the HTML page that contains the Animate content.

  2. Do one of the following:
    • Select the Animate content within the HTML page, and click Edit.

    • In Design view, press Control (Windows) or Command (Macintosh), and double-click the Animate content.

    • In Design view, right-click (Windows) or Control‑click (Macintosh) the Animatecontent, and select Edit with Animate.

    • In Design view, in the Site panel, right-click (Windows) or Control‑click (Macintosh) the Animate content, and select Open with Animate.

  3. If the FLA file for the exported file does not open, the Open File dialog box appears. Navigate to the FLA file, and click Open.
  4. If the user used the Change Link Sitewide feature in Dreamweaver, a warning appears. To apply link changes to the SWF file, click OK. To prevent the warning message from appearing when you update the SWF file, click Don’t Warn Me Again.
  5. Update the FLA file as needed in Animate.

  6. To save the FLA file and reexport it to Dreamweaver, do one of the following:
    • To update the file and close Animate, click the Done button above the upper-left corner of the Stage.

    • To update the file and keep Animate open, select File > Update for Dreamweaver.