7 Replies Latest reply on Sep 6, 2006 9:07 PM by Walter Elias

    WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing

    Level 7
      Flash 8 has bugs in its publishing to SWF file

      If you don't do a save and reopen, you end up exporting things that you do
      not actually use and your SWF file size will be bigger as a result.
      --
      Jeckyl





        • 1. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
          Level 7
          Jeckyl,
          is this the case with all of your flash docs? What kind of things are being included
          unintentionally? How often does it happen? I ask because I have never experienced it. What platform?

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          Jeckyl wrote:
          > Flash 8 has bugs in its publishing to SWF file
          >
          > If you don't do a save and reopen, you end up exporting things that you do
          > not actually use and your SWF file size will be bigger as a result.
          > --
          > Jeckyl
          >
          >
          >
          >
          >
          • 2. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
            Level 7
            OK .. simple test to demonstrate. Flash 8 Win XP SP2.

            New movie
            Draw a rectangle with solid fill
            Publish you SWF file .. mine was (uncompressed) 84 bytes for this
            Select your rectangle object and change the fill to linear, and then radial,
            change some other fill options there line linear interpolation settings, and
            eventually set back to solid fill
            Now publish your SWF again
            >> BUG: SWF file is much bigger (I got 174 bytes with just a few changes in
            >> fill still before reverting back to solid)

            I used a utility I have for dumping the SWF file content and in the one
            shape object were ALL the fills I tried out, but only the solid fill
            actually being used. The reset are unused, no longer in the movie YET they
            are in the SWF file.

            If you save the FLA and reopen and then publish again, it goes back to only
            using the fill you actually used (not the ones you tried and then changed
            again).

            SO .. if you open a FLA, make some changes, maybe try out a few things and
            then publish WITHOUT first saving and reopening .. you can end up with the
            intermediate changes in your published SWF file !!
            --
            Jeckyl


            • 3. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
              Level 7
              Did you reproduce it?
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              Jeckyl

              "Jeckyl" <jeckyl@hyde.com> wrote in message
              news:edljag$o0m$1@forums.macromedia.com...
              > OK .. simple test to demonstrate. Flash 8 Win XP SP2.


              • 4. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
                Level 7
                nope - not yet - i haven't had even a moment outside of client demands today :(

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                Jeckyl wrote:
                > Did you reproduce it?
                > --
                > Jeckyl
                >
                > "Jeckyl" <jeckyl@hyde.com> wrote in message
                > news:edljag$o0m$1@forums.macromedia.com...
                >
                >>OK .. simple test to demonstrate. Flash 8 Win XP SP2.
                >
                >
                >
                • 5. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
                  Level 7
                  > nope - not yet - i haven't had even a moment outside of client demands
                  > today :(

                  Damned clients :)
                  --
                  Jeckyl


                  • 6. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
                    Level 7
                    I tested it and yes - very reproducable!
                    added to my BETA list.
                    Thanks Jeckyl!

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                    Jeckyl wrote:
                    > OK .. simple test to demonstrate. Flash 8 Win XP SP2.
                    >
                    > New movie
                    > Draw a rectangle with solid fill
                    > Publish you SWF file .. mine was (uncompressed) 84 bytes for this
                    > Select your rectangle object and change the fill to linear, and then radial,
                    > change some other fill options there line linear interpolation settings, and
                    > eventually set back to solid fill
                    > Now publish your SWF again
                    >
                    >>>BUG: SWF file is much bigger (I got 174 bytes with just a few changes in
                    >>>fill still before reverting back to solid)
                    >
                    >
                    > I used a utility I have for dumping the SWF file content and in the one
                    > shape object were ALL the fills I tried out, but only the solid fill
                    > actually being used. The reset are unused, no longer in the movie YET they
                    > are in the SWF file.
                    >
                    > If you save the FLA and reopen and then publish again, it goes back to only
                    > using the fill you actually used (not the ones you tried and then changed
                    > again).
                    >
                    > SO .. if you open a FLA, make some changes, maybe try out a few things and
                    > then publish WITHOUT first saving and reopening .. you can end up with the
                    > intermediate changes in your published SWF file !!
                    > --
                    > Jeckyl
                    >
                    >
                    • 7. Re: WARNING: Always save and reopen before publishing
                      Walter Elias Level 2
                      I didn't believe this, so I tried it myself. I reproduced the same results. Whether the SWF was published as compressed or uncompressed, the file got bigger! This really ought to be officially reported as a bug. I would consider this a super-major bug, considering that Flash's original selling point (and still a major selling point) is its ability to produce minimal file sizes for high-quality web graphics.

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