The Macromedia Flash file format (SWF) (pronounced "swiff") delivers vector graphics and animation over the Internet to the Macromedia Flash Player. For more information regarding Flash, please see our General FAQ.
SWF, Lock & Load creates SWF flies that are compatible with the Flash Player version 5 and up.
SWF, Lock & Load will only preload Flash (swf) files. It is not possible to preload a HTML page anyways. You can only preload certain pieces (eg, images, audio, video, Flash) that get displayed on the HTML page.
When you preview your preloader in SWF, Lock & Load, it will only show you what the preloader will look like. It will not play your movie after the preloader has finished.
If you export the preloader and view it locally, you wlil not see the preloader as the target file being preloaded is essentially already downloaded to your computer. To view the preloader in action, you will need to either upload it to a web server so it can stream back down to your computer or use the Flash Bandwidth Profiler to simluate a download. For more information please see our tutorial for testing your preloader.
To test the preloader, you will need to either upload it to a web server so it can stream back down to your computer or use the Flash Bandwidth Profiler to simluate a download. For more information please see our tutorial for testing your preloader.
If you are using one of the External methods for your preloader, you will in the end need to have both the preloader swf exported from SWF, Lock & Load and the target swf file to be preloaded. Both must be in the same folder on your web server and should be in the same folder as the html file that displays it. Otherwise, you will need to use the "base" parameter in the <EMBED> and <OBJECT> tags to help the Flash player resolve the relative path properly.
For images, SWF 'n Slide supports BMP, GIF, JPEG, PDF (Mac OS X), Photoshop (PSD), PICT, PNG, Targa (TGA), and TIFF. For audio, SWF 'n Slide supports AIFF, MP3, System 7 Sound (Mac OS 9), and Wave (WAV).
It is possible to add your own preloaders to the program, however we do not have any official documentation regarding this as of yet. If you are interested in adding your own preloaders, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can give you instructions on how to do it.
If running Macintosh OS 9.x try the following:
If running Macintosh OS X, make sure you are running the program under a User which has administrative privileges when you register the program.