Most email softwares don't support using Flash inline.
Your best bet is to send a link to a page with your Flash.
Thanks for the reply.
In which case, do you know how/what software creates the animated images, that I have in the past, received via email?
If you have received animated images in the past, they were almost assuredly animated gifs
While it is possible that you are using a software that does allow for SWFs inline, most mail softwares do not.
In order to display a SWF inline in an email, you would need to send a full HTML page. You could set it up so that the SWF displays if the user can load it, otherwise a link appears to go to the page online.
As for softwares to create animated gifs - try Photoshop (or ImageReady if you have pre-CS3 versions)
Thanks again Ross.
In which case, how are animated gifs created and am i not able to export a flash video as an animated gif. I believe there is an option to do so.
I am probably not the best person to ask about animated gif creation, as I've only created a few in the past.
The only way I have ever created an animated gif was using ImageReady (In pre-CS days) to line up still images with some very basic transitions. ImageReady has been integrated into Photoshop as of CS3.
You can export an animated gif out of Flash as well. I fear that the animated gif renderer will work like the AVI renderer and not play back MovieClips on export. So I would put all animation on the main timeline. I also believe that animated gifs cannot carry audio.