Most accessible way to send Flash document?

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  1. Dal123 macrumors 6502a

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    I am trying to start my own business specialising in concrete staircases. I have made a flash file of a slideshow of previous work I have done. I want to email this sexy presentation to possible clients. I've spent a lot of time doing it and thanks to great people on here I have managed to get it done.
    So yesterday I tested it out by emailing it to my girlfriend who uses windows vista. I thought there could be problems with compatibility and sure enough there is. It gives an option to download a program to read flash files but does not work.
    Seeing though a lot of potential clients will probably be using windows vista what would be a good way to send this?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It might be best to host it on the web somewhere, or convert it to an actual movie file.

    The last thing you want is for a a possible client to no have some software required to see a demo.
     
  3. Dal123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good point! How do I convert to a movie file in Flash?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That I don't know, I dont have Flash.

    Is there an Export option anywhere?
     
  5. Dal123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. Dal123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I found this, but the site isn't loading for me right now, so I dont know how useful it might be.

    There is also this article.
     
  9. Dal123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Much appreciated; this will hopefully fix my little problem.
     
  10. snickelfritz macrumors 65816

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    You can convert it to Quicktime using File>Export>Export Movie.
    This works pretty well, but results in a large .mov file.

    Another option is to compile it as a Flash Windows Projector. (.exe file)
    This also results in a large file, since all Flash functionality is embedded in the projector, which no longer requires the Flash plugin.

    I might be simpler to upload the Flash slideshow to your domain and email a link to it.
    The link will launch a web browser, which should have no special problems displaying the file.
    (unless of course, the person you send the link does not have the Flash plugin installed. Approximately 4% of the computing population fall into this category)
     
  11. Dal123 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks a lot for your help people. This is site is great. Much appreciated.
     
  12. SrWebDeveloper macrumors 68000

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    Adding some specific technical help:

    You cannot control users being unable to install software (whatever the case may be, administrative access, security issues with Active-X controls, file system errors, incompetence, whatever) but you CAN control which plugin (or Active-X control) is to be downloaded when Flash is missing from their PC:

    If you use an object tag adjust the URL for the "codebase" argument as follows:
    HTML:
    codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,0,0"
    If you use an embed tag adjust the URL for the "pluginspage" and "type" arguments as follows:
    HTML:
    pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"
    So check your argument values in your HTML, doing so usually resolves most issues on the user end if they need to download/install a plugin or Active-X Control. If you're already using these values, great. At that point the "alternate" method as discussed above is the way to go to try to satisfy that user.

    -jim
     

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