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ActionScript 3.0: Visual QuickStart Guide by Derrick Ypenburg

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Chapter 16. Loading External Assets

The ActionScript API allows you to load assets such as GIF, JPEG, PNG, and SWF files into an application. By loading external assets, as well as loading in support images for content on-demand, the appearance of an application can be changed and updated dynamically.

The ability to load external SWF files allows you to create an application consisting of a series of interactive modules rather than one giant application. Since each SWF module is compiled from a separate FLA document, this enables multiple developers to work on separate aspects of a single project at the same time. Modularizing the source into separate SWFs enables the application as a whole to load faster, since only the main assets of a file are ...

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