Flash Movie When Played Has Missing Objects

Apr 04, 2011

I've been working on revising a Flash Hangman game (doing away with the noose and making it constructive rather than suicidal--for a 1st grade audience). I'm not a Flash programmer but have dabbled with Flash for a while. I ran through the Hangman game tutorial at http://www.bezzmedia.com/swfspot/tutorials/flash8/Hangman_Game and then modified the .fla to generate the game I needed. It plays fine as a stand-alone swf. But when I try to embed in Engage 09 or QuizMaker 09 or Presenter 09, the keyboard never appears.

The stage is 450x400 pixels. Is there a maximum size Flash movie that can be shown within the Articulate Player? The slide in PowerPoint shows the keyboard (added using the Flash Movie option on the Articulate tab in PowerPoint), but it never appears during playback.

I've used the Display in slide option, which is how I'd ideally like the movie to play. 

Any suggestions?


4 Replies
Jonathan Bacon

Thank you Brian, I'm going through the Knowledge Base article looking for a possible solution. In the process, I discovered that the link to the ActionScript 2.0 Best Practices article in the Articulate Knowldge Base is inaccurate. The correct URL is http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/as_bestpractices.html and not http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/articles/as_bestpractices_04.html.

Jonathan Bacon

Okay, I've now gone through the Flash Movie Best Practices document, made some changes but still the movie does not display the hangman game keyboard.

  1. I added an additional frame so the movie has at least two frames.
  2. It is written using Actionscript 2.0 since 3.0 is not supported and I changed the settings to use the Flash 6 player (but the game doesn't display properly) so I tried Player 7 (works okay) and the default, Flash Player 8. Not sure why Player 6 would not work when using Actionscript 2.0.
  3. The stage size is with the 720x540 max limit.
  4. The movie is set to 30 fps.
  5. The movie duration is short (a two frame game), so duration should be within time limits.
  6. The filename is birdlist1.swf so there are no forbidden characters.
  7. It plays okay in the Swiff player.
  8. There are no _root or _level0 references.

So I'm not sure where to turn next. What have I missed?

By the way, the project is scripted using Actionscript 2.0 but when I export the swf for the Flash Player 6, the movie is incomplete; if I export for Flash Player 7, it works fine. Is it accurate that Articulate doesn't support Flash Player 7 or 8? I'm surprised if that's the case.

Justin Wilcox

I would suggest you submit a case by following the steps below.

Please create an Articulate Presenter package, then upload the zip file to our server. You can review how to do this here:


Upload the resulting zip file from your computer to our server using this upload form:


Please be sure to include a description of your issue, your version of PowerPoint, version of Windows and version of Presenter '09 which you can find in Help and Support -> About Articulate Presenter. Please also include the URL for this thread so we can follow up with you in the forums.

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