Embedding Macromedia Flash into
Finish the Flash movie
and use the "Publish" command in Flash 4.0 which will create
an HTML file and all the associated files that are necessary to
support it (sometimes this is just an .htm file and the .swf file).
You can then use the
"Import" command in RoboHTML. Import the .htm file as
Then comes the
"undocumented" part that makes it work. You have to
add the .swf file to "Baggage" in RoboHTML. Just
right click on Baggage on the Project tab and point it to your .swf
file. Once you have this done, then you can edit as you like in the
the movie which will play inside the TOPIC pane.
To run it in its own
separate window, you can run in "Player" mode. You can
do this by inserting a "Shortcut" command in RoboHTML.
Of course, all of this
assumes the user has the Flash player/plugins installed on their
machine. You might want to include a link to the Macromedia
Flash Player site in case folks need to download and install the
I have attached a sample
RoboHTML project that will let you look under the hood at how this is
To test it, create a folder
containing FLASH.CHM and SKYWRITER2.SWF. Double-click on FLASH.CHM
and see the movie play embedded in the first topic. Then go to the second
topic and click on the button to see the movie in the Flash Player.
Finally, take SKYWRITER2.SWF out of the folder and notice that the
embedded movie still plays, but not the one triggered by the shortcut
button control (which needs to locate the SWF externally).
Director Movies (.DCR)
Life is not fair when it
comes to this path limitation <g>. The baggage trick will work if
you're using Shockwave FLASH (.swf) but not a Shocked Director
Movie (.dcr). The .dcr will still need an absolute path which
severely limits its usefulness.