QuarkXPress 8 and above can export interactive layouts in Flash format. Sometimes, it’s important to keep track of the file size of the exported SWF (Flash) file — especially if it’s being enhanced in Adobe’s Flash Professional.
If you use Flash Professional CS5, you can keep track of the size of your SWF in the Properties panel by using SWF History. Every time you publish a SWF from Flash Professional CS5, you’ll see a running log of your publish size, date, and time. Three data points are displayed in the Properties panel but if you click the Log button you can see up to 100.
You’ll also see an alert icon if your SWF increased in size by more than 50%.
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