So how do you publish your work in FLASH?
You need to use FILE | EXPORT and choose an appropriate option


JPG format is typically used for most still images, but there are alternatives:

  • VECTOR files
    • SWF is a vector based "Shockwave Flash" format file that CAN be published on the web
    • AI is a vector based "Adobe Illustrator" file that is used by professional illustrators and publishers
  • BITMAP files
    • JPG is perhaps the most common format on the web - great for complex colours
    • GIF is great for illustrated graphics on the web
    • BMP is a Microsoft format used on the web - lossless, but the file sizes are large
    • PNG is an "open source" file format used on the web


Animated GIFS work best for simple, small animations for use in your portfolios.

  • VECTOR files
    • SWF Retains all the advantages of vector images,
      but also manages animation as well as ACTIONSCRIPT interactivity.
      Animations can also loop (ie rotoscopes)
  • BITMAP files
    • ANIMATED GIF is great for illustrated graphics on the web.
      If you're using it in a Googlesite, you'll need to store the GIF on your GoogleDrive, share and embed it from there

    • MOV is one of the better "video" file formats that Flash can export to. It's compatible with YouTube. Animations will not loop

An SWF is the HIGHEST quality format output format for your Flash work, and likely uses the SMALLEST filesize. It allows you to publish STILL images, ANIMATIONS and allows INTERACTIVITY (buttons) with the users

The downside is that FEWER platforms are supporting SWF files everyday. iPads were one of the first to reject the format, citing issues with security and memory leaks. SWF graphics and animations can be imported into other adobe software like Premiere Elements

Creating an SWF (vector)

To Save your work as an SWF
  • Simply hit CTRL-ENTER to your animation, then look in your FLA folder for the newly generated SWF file

    1. Click on FLASH and turn OFF the option for "Include Hidden Layers"
  2. Use FILE - EXPORT MOVIE (or IMAGE for still pictures)
    1. Change the format to SWF
    2. Save the image using an appropriate name and location

Creating an ANIMATED GIF

  • Go to FILE | EXPORT | EXPORT MOVIE and choose an appropriate location and filename
  • Under "Save As Type" choose ANIMATED GIF
  • Under the options
    • Set your WIDTH and HEIGHT
    • Set your COLOURS to an appropriate depth - this can save filesize
  • The other options can remain as shown

Note - Animated GIFs will play in a Googlesite if you store the image on a SHARED GoogleDrive folder, and embed it from there using

Creating an MOV (bitmap)
MOV files are IDEAL for sharing through YouTube - although they result in bigger files and limit the resolution, they are more universally compatible with a wider range of viewers.
  • Remove any STOP(); actionscripts - the movie must be able to completely play through every frame to be encoded properly
    (Note that Actionscript commands do NOT export to MOV files)
  • Note your current Framerate and go to FILE | EXPORT | EXPORT MOVIE
    • Select MOV type and choose an appropriate filename and location
    • Note Resolution, and click QUICKTIME SETTINGS
      • Click SETTINGS and choose
        • Compression Type: H264
        • Key Frames: Every 24 frames (or match your original framerate)
        • Compressor: Best
      • Click SIZE
        • Set DIMENSIONS as HD 1280x720 16:9
        • Preserve Aspect Ratio using Crop
      • Under SOUND, either
        • Turn it off if your animation is silent
        • or choose NONE for the audio compressor
This format creates an MOV that can be uploaded to YouTube!

NOTE - IF you have built a SCENE after a STOP Actionscript command in your movie, the render will NEVER FINISH! Be sure that there are no STOP commands anywhere but in the last frame of the last scene of your animation!

NOTE when embedding your HD work onto your portfolio, these sizes maintain the HD aspect ratio:
  • 1280x720 (720P)
  • 800x450 (Full Pagesize)
  • 640x360 (Small Sized)
  • 480x270 (Anecdote Sized)

Alternatively - Alan Becker suggests converting SWF to MP4 using a utility called SWIVEL