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macromedia flash optimising techniques

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hi, i have been working on flash for a month or so and now am able to produce good work but not completely satisfied with my test download time.
i want to know 'bout any optimising techniques and third party plugins available.
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The thing that you might be facing problem with, can be one or all of the following:

1. While experimenting you might be creating symbols and then ending up not using them. Thus your library would have more symbols then you are using actually. This would increase the file size.

2. Similarly you might be using one symbol more then one place and re-creating that symbol every time you need it. The best way is to use the symbols from the library.

another rhing to keep in mind is that use less of bitmap images like .jpg , .gif, .bmp etc.

If you intend to use these images then restrict their movement to minimum.

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Good man,
I didnt know that unused symbols also take memory.I will grade after getting more information.
I would like to know if any other tool can help optimise the the swf file.

can i split the whole file and load in a number of parts in the background while first part is down loaded.please explain.
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by:shank_ar
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i am sorry man for that answer to be rejected.That was very much needed(I am new to this community).i will rate after u answer.
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Yes of cource you can load parts of the movie and keep playing them while the rest of the file is being loaded.

For that you don't need to break your file into part, just create a preloader and let it do the job for you.

say you have two scenes say, scene 1 and scene 2

Then ceate a preloader that says if last frame of the scene 1 is loaded then go to and play frame1 of scene 1.
This will start your movie as soon as the first scene is loaded while scene2 is still loading in the background.

Hope this helps.
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Thanx man i grade this good.
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can u give some statistics of downloading time with respect to file size.
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