- 1. Create a document using Device Central.
- 2. Check out Illustrator CS3.
- 3. Set up your document to integrate with Flash CS3.
- 4. Create blends out of symbols for animation in Flash.
- 5. Export from Illustrator to SWF for Flash.
- 6. Explore the new Flash CS3 workspace.
- 7. Add a new background in Flash CS3.
- 8. Copy and paste from Illustrator CS3 to Flash.
- 9. Create a motion path and a motion tween.
- 10. Publish and test your file.
10. Publish and test your file.
The time has come to publish the file. The Flash document itself is an .fla file; the file we will publish will be an .swf. However, before actually saving the SWF, we want to test it again. Select File > Publish Preview > Flash. This takes us back to Device Central. Test the SWF in the device you have selected. Notice on the right side panel in Device Central (Figure 16), you can test many things, even reflections on the screen of the mobile device. Now that's cool. Nerdy but cool.
Figure 16 Test your animation on a compatible mobile device in Device Central. Try out the Simulate reflections on the far right.
When you're ready to publish, go back to Flash and select File > Publish. If you think you need to change some Publish settings, select File > Publish Settings.
With CS3 and a bit of experimentation, you can create outstanding animations for Web sites and mobile—take a look at Figure 17. You can download and watch the very small (17K) SWF animation, which I call Summertime Magical Mystery Aussie Bus, here. To download Flash Player 9.0, go to http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash&promoid=BIOW.
Figure 17 The Summertime Magical Mystery Aussie Bus shown on a cell phone