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Microsoft KB Archive/171678

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Article ID: 171678

Article Last Modified on 10/8/2003


  • Microsoft Publisher 97 Standard Edition, when used with:
    • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

This article was previously published under Q171678


If you add a Macromedia Flash object to a publication, and then create a HyperText Markup Language (HTML) document based on that publication, the Macromedia Flash object appears as a static picture.


When you convert a publication to HTML, Publisher converts every graphic in the publication into a static Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) image.


To include an animated Macromedia Flash object in your HTML document, use either of the following methods:

Method 1: Create a web page in Microsoft Publisher and Publish it.

Method 2: Use an HTML editor to include the Macromedia Object.

Use an HTML editor, like Microsoft FrontPage, to modify the source code for your HTML document to include the Macromedia Flash object.

NOTE: You cannot use Microsoft Publisher to edit an HTML document. Microsoft Technical Support Engineers for Publisher cannot teach you to edit HTML documents.

Macromedia Flash includes sample HTML documents that show how to embed Flash objects into your Web pages. To view these samples, start Macromedia Flash, and then click Sample HTML on the Help menu. These samples are included in the \Sample HTML folder inside the \Flash folder.

Additional sample HTML documents are available at the Macromedia World Wide Web site:


This feature is under review and will be considered for inclusion in a future release.


Graphics created in Macromedia Flash are vector-based. That is, Flash retains a mathematical description of each shape. By contrast, bitmaps are images composed of pixels. You can export Flash images as bitmaps, and you can import bitmaps into Flash. When you import a bitmap into Flash it appears as a single overlay that you can scale, rotate, and reposition. If you convert a bitmap into a vector graphic, you can modify it with Flash's drawing tools.

Flash is manufactured by Macromedia, inc., a vendor independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this product's performance or reliability.

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