Bitmap import in Flash MX

Vector animation is the killer feature that Flash was founded on. It enabled savvy Web builders to create movies that were small enough to download over a dial-up connection, yet every bit as rich as traditional video clips; indeed, in most cases, quality was far superior.

However, there are still some things you can't realistically do with vectors. Photorealism is out, subtle shadowing doesn't work and texturing is flat, for instance. It's fortunate, then, that Flash supports bitmap import. What's more, it enables you to do almost as much with bitmaps as vectors. They can be animated, scripted and included in symbols. They can have simple actions applied to them, be scaled, rotated and distorted. All that's required is a little know-how, which is where we come in€¦

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