Are Flex files (swf) really this large, or am I doing something wrong?
Posted on 2009-07-08
On a project we had a bunch of old interactive forms made with Flash and Actionscript 2 -- I'm not even sure what version of Flash to be honest. It's been a long time. Anyway, we want to update these, so Flex 3 seems like a natural given our purposes and environment. Without even really adding AS3 or lots of features, the SWF that gets produced is like 450KB. All I did was literally change background color, add a canvas, and then popped in a few form widgets. I didn't even link them to anything. In the old Flash files, the max size of any SWF is 80KB -- and that's with a lot of AS and some small bitmaps. Am I missing something here or is Flex really that bloated? Is there a way to remove unneeded libraries or modules or something to get the file size down?