I'm not sure what it is that you're doing to get all of these symbols in your library. If you import an Illustrator file to Flash, it will, by default, take all of the layers from one artboard and import them to the stage. The import will put anything on a single layer onto a new layer in Flash.
To get a symbol in the Library, you need to either select one or more imported object(s) and convert that to a symbol, or, you can select individual layer or layers in the import window and set the selected layer contents to be a movie clip symbol when imported.
Are you doing something different?
Thanks for the reply. Everything appears correctly and is imported correctly. The problem is I don't want thousands of symbols in the library for each sprite that I import into Flash. I would prefer that all the vector art be translated completely as their equivalent drawing objects in Flash.
It seems I can export to SWF from illustrator and import into Flash and then delete the newly imported symbols in the Flash library and most of the art is retained except the brush strokes and a few other minor objects.
Don't save the Illustrator file as an .swf. Just import the .ai file into Flash using the Import option in Flash's File menu. Flash will show you a list of all of the layers and folders from the original Illustrator file. Then you can import the layers that you want.
From the import window, you can select any layer or group of layers and convert them into a movie clip as the file imports.
If you just import the layers' contents, you will have nothing in the Flash Library. You can select any individual item or the contents of a layer and save them as a symbol.
I'm also importing .ai files from Illustrator into Flash, collapsing the layers in the flash import window and selecting the entire group as one layer, then importing as a movie clip directly into the library, not the stage.
When I look at my Library, I have all of my movie clips (though they are missing the "mc_" label I had named each with, but there was also a separate folder created for each one, with another folder inside labelled, "Layer 1" and inside that is "Layer 1". Some of them also include a file named <Mesh>.
Is this because I selected the entire folder to import and then named each individually as they came in? Can I get rid of the folders and just keep the movie clips, or are those support files?
Thanks for your help!
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Yes, you need to keep those imported files. The movieClips that you made are just containers for your imported artwork.
Another thing I don't understand is why, when importing .ai to a movie clip, and typing in a name for the instance, it does not use the name I typed in.
It uses the name of the file as a FOLDER, then inside that is another FOLDER, then I get my movie clip and it is named "Layer 1". All 23 items I imported, individually, are named "Label 1" inside their folders.
I really don't have a good answer for that. I usually import each Illustrator layer to the Flash stage as an individual layer. Then I select one layer at a time in Flash and select the contents, make them a movieClip and give it a name. Usually, the Flash layers will get the same name as they had in Illustrator.