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Subject: Re: FLASH: Reality check re *Flash 4 Magic* file?
From: Dorian Nisinson
Date: Fri, 28 Jan 2000 14:42:40 GMT

Flash always tacks on the latest changes to the original file.
Therefore those fla files can get really big. Periodically, I do a save
as to a new (and incremented) file name just to slim them down. it also
helps if just before I do that, I delete unused symbols from the
library. It doesn't effect the final exported swf file size but it does
make for fat FLAs.


unique wrote:
> Hello all,
> Well I finally dove into *Flash 4 Magic* (been cramming on *Dreamweaver 2
> H.O.T.*) tonight.
> I'm on a Mac G3/266, OS 8.6, 192 meg o' RAM. I experimented, and discovered
> that, in order to open the first project file, 7.5 meg, I have to have 120 meg
> of RAM allocated to Flash 4.0a. 115 meg is not enough.
> I've never worked with a file of this size (I think I've topped out at 75K). Can
> someone tell me if the above is a typical ratio for file size to memory
> allocation need (1:16)?
> Also: as an experiment, I immediately saved the file to HD after opening. The
> size of the saved file is only 4.3 meg! (Others, at least those on a Mac, should
> be able to replicate this if necessary.)
> Where did the other 3.2 meg of file go? I remember that PageMaker files will get
> fat and bulky (because all changes are saved literally and in sequence) until a
> "Save As" is issued, whereupon things are condensed into a more compact file.
> But I never imagined that this might be the case with Flash! Do others ever
> experience anything like this?
> TIA,
> Ken Sherwood
> *zenkat: the Flash trailer*
> http://www.kensherwood.com/zenkat.htm
> kensherwood.com
> http://www.kensherwood.com

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