March 31, 2001 - The SWF Format
March 31, 2001|
The SWF Format
Tips: March 2001
Yehuda Shiran, Ph.D.
- On-Screen display. Supports anti-aliasing, fast rendering to a bitmap of any color format, and animation and interactive buttons.
- Extendibility. The format is a tagged one, so you can extend it without hurting its backward compatibility.
- Network Delivery. The format was designed for efficient delivery of graphics over the Internet. The files are compressed and they do support incremental rendering through streaming.
- Simplicity. The format is simple to allow for a simple player.
- Independence. Files can be displayed without any dependency on external stuff. SWF files don't need fonts from the system, for example.
- Scalability. Files degrade gracefully on cheap hardware.
- Speed. Files should be rendered very fast and in a high quality.