UPDATE: New Flash Submission Guidelines

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cloudytronics
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Posted Tue Dec 8, 2009 9:42PM

Flash can be a complicated application at times. Not only can it do wonderful vector animations, it can also encompass sophisticated interactive programming. Not only that, all versions of Flash can only save down to the previous version which makes it hard to set forth any long term standard as we can do with vectors.


Having said that, we now wish to set forth some new guidelines in the uploading of Flash content.


Flash Versions ( Updated June 2012)


iStockphoto will now accept all versions of Flash up to CS6. However we strongly recommend that you also include an alternate version in your zip file to extend the files usefulness. Please indicate clearly what version of Flash you are including in your description so buyers are fully aware of what version they are downloading. There are still many, many Flash 8 and older buyers out there that can't open up CS3/CS4/CS6 etc files. So be aware of that. It may also be advantageous to include the version number at the end of your file names as well, to make it easy to identify what version to open in the zip.


Your file may be rejected if the above versions information is missing from your description.


Actionscript 2.0 and Actionscript 3.0


Both versions are now acceptable but please indicate in your description clearly which version you are using. Actionscript components are generally user interface widgets, like a button, a checkbox, or a menu bar with inbuilt code. SWC based components are not acceptable as these are generally pre-published and cannot be edited. Actionscript 3.0 “.as” files without a supporting FLA file are also not acceptable. Buyers can be coders and non-coders so it's important to make the file as easy as possible to edit.


Once your flash files are finished and ready for submission, please take some time in preparing your zip file for uploading. The following necessities are required for a successful submission:


Minimum Required
1. One working .FLA file (RGB color only). Minimum version: Flash 5.
2. One working .SWF published piece.


Optional



1. Alternative Flash version, such as Flash CS4, Flash 8, Flash MX, etc.


2. If you use dynamic code to pull data, like images, XML, PHP and TXT, please submit a preview SWF that is static and can display the design of your piece. If you need to show the full functionality of the file off-site, please put a link in your description. Not on the preview SWF file. Alternatively another choice is to perhaps create a non dynamic preview to demonstrate the functionality. 
 
3. Editable flash reference file for your dynamic code, such as PHP or XML.


4. Instructions .TXT on using and modifying the file. This is especially important if you are using Actionscript in your file.


5. Txt comments within the script are also encouraged. 





(Edited on 2010-01-29 19:49:52 by cloudytronics)

(Edited on 2012-05-31 00:53:59 by cloudytronics)
viridian1
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Posted Wed Dec 9, 2009 11:57AM
This is good news. Thanks.
Now I just have to get productive again. [limbering fingers]
do_fresh
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Posted Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:58AM

It's amazing news! Flash CS4 have a big step for animation - 3D Tools, Motion Editor, Bone and Bind Tools and more.


Many thanks Tavik and iStock!
conradcress
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Posted Sun Dec 27, 2009 9:18AM
Fantastic news! Thank you istock!
friztin
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Posted Mon Jan 25, 2010 10:32AM
Finally!! Now I can upoad some stuff.. AS 2 is pretty obsolette now... and it didn't make much sense to create the same files using 2 different codes/syntax.. (double work)... Thanks!!

(BTW, I got a flash file rejected for not including the TXT with instructions..... it was just a looped tween animation with no AS at all... should I send it to scout??)
cloudytronics
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Posted Tue Jan 26, 2010 11:32PM

^^  A file won't normally be rejected for not having a text file included if there is no script involved. The normal rejection notice will indicate that something is missing from the zip, so it could have been something else (? ) You''ll be surprised at how many people forget to include the SWF file. 


Or maybe the inspector was having a bad day. In any case, if something was just missing you should have been able to select re-submit on the file without having to go through Scout.


Hope that helps.
ingridjoustra
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Posted Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:03AM
Posted By cloudytronics:

You''ll be surprised at how many people forget to include the SWF file. 

I did... the first time (blush)
tandaleah
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Posted Fri Jan 29, 2010 10:56AM

I am a little confused. All versions are accepted but it says


Minimum Required
1. One working .FLA file (RGB color only). Minimum version: Flash CS4.
2. One working .SWF published piece.


Does this mean I must have CS4? I am new to Flash and have version 8. I thought that was the standard. I want to see how it goes first before buying the latest.


Thanks


 


 


 
cloudytronics
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Posted Fri Jan 29, 2010 7:47PM

Ahh yes ..sorry about that. Minimum version should actually be Flash 5. Maximum version is CS4. 


Whatever version you use though people, please try and indicate this in your description. Up to this point we have been accepting files below Flash 8 without any indication in the description of the version as most buyers should be ok with that. But we need to lessen the chance of refunds and calls to support of people downloading files they are unable to open. 
tandaleah
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Posted Fri Jan 29, 2010 8:05PM
Thank you. I am glad I can use the software I already have.
friztin
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Posted Sat Jan 30, 2010 1:47PM
Posted By cloudytronics:

^^ A file won't normally be rejected for not having a text file included if there is no script involved. The normal rejection notice will indicate that something is missing from the zip, so it could have been something else (? ) You''ll be surprised at how many people forget to include the SWF file.


Or maybe the inspector was having a bad day. In any case, if something was just missing you should have been able to select re-submit on the file without having to go through Scout.


Hope that helps.

Hi, the rejection email said that one of the files was missing. The file is pretty simple (tweens and loops), no AS, external files or anything. I'm very sure I submitted both SWF and .fla, which are the only things needed. If I do resubmit the file, the rejection still affects my acceptance rate, right? If was an inspector error, I would really prefer to send it to scout so it does not count as a rejection once it is reviewed, if accepted... (this is the file if you want to take a look)

Thanks
cloudytronics
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Posted Sun Jan 31, 2010 8:49PM

Hi Christina


I've had a look at your original zip file and the SWF file is actually missing.  Only an FLA file is inside the zip.


Which is good in one way in that I've saved another file for scout to look at, but unfortunately it means you'll have to resubmit.


Sorry about that. Thanks
friztin
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Posted Mon Feb 1, 2010 7:29AM
Oh, so you need to upload de SWF twice? ...because there is a specific box to upload the SWF in the upload form... (the ZIP instructions says "A compressed .ZIP file containing the .FLA source file and any other files needed to build the .SWF file". I does not says to include the SWF in there also). I uploaded the SWF as you can see it, running in the file preview.

Could you please clarify? This would save me(and probably others) from getting more other rejections...

Thank you for your time.

(Edited on 2010-02-01 09:22:24 by friztin)
cloudytronics
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Posted Mon Feb 1, 2010 7:11PM

Yes sorry Christina..the upload page has needed to change for quite awhile.


The current on line manual though has it correct (Section 2.2) in that it does indicate that the SWF file needs to be in your zip. Unlike the vectors, where the EPS file gets added to the zip in the upload, the Flash uploads don't add the SWF.  Maybe one day we'll get around to changing that.


 


 
friztin
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Posted Tue Feb 2, 2010 7:34AM
Oh, bummer... (at least I didn't upload a whole bunch of flash files with the wrong guidelines and got my acceptance rate all messed up...). Could you guys please add a note to the upload page for the noobs? (and maybe throwing in a new flash homepage will be nice too!!!)
ingridjoustra
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Posted Sun Feb 7, 2010 4:54AM
Posted By friztin:
Oh, so you need to upload de SWF twice? ...

Yes, that was my confusion too. Great to read that I'm not just a dumb blonde but others are reading the upload instructions the same way as I did. So, yes please change that sentence if possible. It'll save you inspectors some work too.
MuMuV
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Posted Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:17AM
Posted By cloudytronics:

Yes sorry Christina..the upload page has needed to change for quite awhile.

What's preventing you from changing to lines of text lol? When I'm uploading I'd rather follow my upload page instructions not the ones in the training, especially that they are contradictory, for example one says the TXT is requiered & the other doesn't even mention it ..
cloudytronics
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Posted Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:25AM
There is actually a work order going through to change the text. Translations and other issues need to be covered so unfortunately it is not as simple as just opening the page and editing it. But it will happen
friztin
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Posted Fri Oct 1, 2010 8:46AM
It's been about 6 months since we where told the text was in a work order to ce fixed.... 5f and all, text still looks the same.

Anyhow, I tried to resubmit my flash file (Yes, the same old flash file I was talking about up there... back in march) and I got the typical zip error saying the file was not a zip. What do you guys do in this case?
cloudytronics
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Posted Tue Oct 5, 2010 6:52PM

Sorry only noticed your post today Christina. It's hard to see the stickys change these days. 


With the zip files we've had trouble in the past that are either related to the browser your using or the way the zip file was created. I'd need more information as the Flash uploads are still coming through steadily, so I suspect nothing is wrong on our side (?)  
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