Adding Flash to a Lesson

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HOW TO ADD FLASH CONTENT TO A LESSON

The Universal Media Player (UMP) in the Media Players category of the catalog can be used to play a variety of different media types including MP3, MPEG, and AVI. The UMP can also be used to play Flash content (SWF files). To play Flash content, a media player that will play SWF files must be installed. The Adobe Flash Player is the standard player for SWF files, but there are also other media players that are capable of playing Flash files.


Note that you will also find a Flash Player object in the catalog as well. This player is actually identical to the UMP.


To use a Universal Media Player

  1. Open the catalog and drag the Universal Media Player from the Media Players category onto your ToolBook page.
  2. The Properties for Universal Media Player dialog may open automatically. If not, open the Extended Properties.
  3. On the General tab, click the small icon for the Media source field, navigate to the location of a Flash file, select the file, and click Open.
  4. Check the Auto start box under Options.
  5. Do not check the Hide at reader level box.
  6. On the Advanced tab, select the desired player from the Use the following media player to play this media list, and click OK.
  7. If you want to select a non-standard player, uncheck the List only recognized media players for specified media file box on the Advanced tab. This will include in the list all media players, including those that may not be able to play the SWF format.
  8. If the Resolve Media Path dialog appears, keep the default option (Add to the Hard Disk media path) and click OK.
  9. The Universal Media Player can now be resized to display the Flash file in the best size for the space available on the page.
  10. Switch to Reader mode and verify that the Flash content is playing as intended.



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