Before you use Dreamweaver to insert content created with Adobe Flash, you should be familiar with the following different file types:
The user interface has been simplified in Dreamweaver CC and later. As a result, you may not find some of the options described in this article in Dreamweaver CC and later. For more information, see this article.
About FLA, SWF, and FLV file types
FLA file (.fla)
The source file for any project and created in the Flash authoring tool. This type of file can only be opened in Flash (not in Dreamweaver or in browsers). You can open the FLA file in Flash, then publish it as a SWF or SWT file to use in browsers.
SWF file (.swf)
A compiled version of the FLA (.fla) file, optimized for viewing on the web. This file can be played back in browsers and previewed in Dreamweaver, but cannot be edited in Flash.
FLV file (.flv)
A video file that contains encoded audio and video data for delivery through Flash® Player. For example, if you had a QuickTime or Windows Media video file, you would use an encoder (such as Flash® Video Encoder, or Sorensen Squeeze) to convert the video file to an FLV file. For more information, visit the Video Technology Center at www.adobe.com/go/flv_devcenter.
Insert and preview SWF files
Use Dreamweaver to add SWF files to your pages, and then preview them in a document or a browser. You can also set properties for SWF files in the Property inspector.
For a tutorial on adding SWF files to web pages, see www.adobe.com/go/vid0150.
A SWF file placeholder appears in the Document window.
The placeholder has a tabbed blue outline. The tab indicates the type of asset (SWF file) and the ID of the SWF file. The tab also displays an eye icon. It acts as toggle between the SWF file and the download information users see when they don’t have the correct version of Flash Player.
Dreamweaver informs you that two dependent files, expressInstall.swf and swfobject_modified.js, are being saved to a Scripts folder in your site. Don’t forget to upload these files when you upload the SWF file to your web server. Browsers can’t display the SWF file properly unless you have also uploaded these dependent files.
Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) does not process nested object tags. For ASP pages, Dreamweaver uses nested object/embed code instead of nested object code when inserting SWF or FLV files.
When you insert a SWF file in a page, Dreamweaver inserts code that detects whether the user has the correct version of Flash Player. If not, the page displays default alternative content that prompts the user to download the latest version. You can change this alternative content at any time.
This procedure also applies to FLV files.
If a user does not have the required version but does have Flash Player 6.0 r65 or later, the browser displays a Flash Player express installer. If the user declines the express install, the page then displays the alternative content.
- In the Property inspector (Window > Properties), click the Play button. Click Stop to end the preview. You can also preview the SWF file in a browser by pressing F12.
To preview all SWF files in a page, press Control+Alt+Shift+P (Windows) or Command+Option+Shift+P (Macintosh). All SWF files are set to Play.
You can set properties for SWF files using the Property inspector. The properties are also applicable to Shockwave movies.
- Select a SWF file or a Shockwave movie and set the options in the Property inspector (Window > Properties). To see all properties, click the expander arrow in the lower-right corner of the Property inspector.
Specifies a unique ID for the SWF file. Enter an ID in the unlabeled text box on the far left side of the Property inspector. As of Dreamweaver CS4, a unique ID is required.
Specifies the path to the SWF file or Shockwave file. Click the folder icon to browse to a file, or type a path.
Specifies the path to the source document (the FLA file), when Dreamweaver and Flash are both installed on your computer. To edit a SWF file, update the movie’s source document.
Specifies a background color for the movie area. This color also appears while the movie is not playing (while loading and after playing).
Starts Flash to update a FLA file (a file created in the Flash authoring tool). This option is disabled if you do not have Flash installed on your computer.
V Space and H Space
Specifies the number of pixels of white space above, below, and on both sides of the movie.
Controls anti-aliasing during playback of the movie. High settings improve the appearance of movies. However, at high settings movies require a faster processor to render correctly on the screen. Low favors speed over appearance, whereas High favors appearance over speed. Auto Low favors speed at first but improves appearance when possible. Auto High favors both qualities equally at first but later sacrifices appearance for speed if necessary.
Determines how the movie fits into the dimensions set in the width and height text boxes. The Default setting displays the entire movie.
Sets the Wmode parameter for the SWF file to avoid conflicts with DHTML elements, such as Spry widgets. The default value is Opaque, which allows DHTML elements to appear on top of SWF files in a browser. If the SWF file includes transparencies and you want DHTML elements to appear behind them, select the Transparent option. Select the Window option to remove the Wmode parameter from the code and allow the SWF file to appear on top of other DHTML elements.