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Importance of Publish Settings to your Flash Based E-learning Courses

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Importance of Publish Settings to your Flash based eLearning courses

A very good way to make your eLearning project available to the world is by placing it on the World Wide Web. Flash is an incredible tool to develop highly interactive online courses. It offers amazing flexibility to the developer in presenting content, incorporating animations, graphics and interactivities. In the development stage of the project cycle, Publish Settings play a key role.

The Publish command generates the Flash Player file (SWF) and the HTML document that attachments your Flash Player file into a Web browser.

As discussed in my previous blogs, tips to develop eLearning courses effectively using Flash . And also I have discussed how to add audio to your Flash based eLearning courses. Now, let’s see the importance of Publish Settings to your Flash based eLearning courses.

Player Version : Select File >Publish Settings>Flash. Under the Flash category, select a player version from the player dropdown menu. If you want to specify Flash Player detection, select the HTML tab under Flash Player and Detect Flash Version.

Note: Not all Adobe Flash features work in the published .SWF format files that target Flash Player versions previous than Flash Player 10 only will work.

Publish Settings

ActionScript Version : Select File >Publish Settings>Flash. Under the Flash category, select the ActionScript version from the ActionScript version dropdown menu. ActionScript 2.0 and 3.0 are the different versions of ActionScript. Developers can create classes for ActionScript as well. Click settings to set the absolute class path to declare class files that vary from the default preferences.

Image Quality : To control the images and bitmap quality, Select File >Publish Settings>Flash. Under the Flash category, to regulate the JPEG Quality enter a required value. In the output, if you want smaller files then you can proceed with lower image quality. Similarly higher image quality produces larger files itself. Check different settings to control the size and quality of the image. Maximum value of 100 will provide the maximum quality and least compression.

Audio Quality : For audio related settings, i.e., audio compression for all streaming sounds or event sounds, click Set, next to Audio Stream or Audio Event and required options are available.

Note: Event Sound will start playing only when the sound files are completely downloaded, and it keeps on playing till it is stopped manually, using ActionScript. Stream sound starts playing as soon as sufficient data of the files is downloaded.

By using Override Sound Settings option, you can prevail settings for individual sounds listed in the Sound section of the Property inspector. Select > Override Sound Settings. If you wants to create a lesser, low-fidelity version of a SWF file, only then select this option.

So, these are some of the Publish Settings of Flash slides. I will be talking about more settings in my next blog. So stay tuned. Do share your comments on this post.

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