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    Problem animating a Flash Movie (2003/Win XP)

    Hi,

    I have a Flash program that a kind soul in our development team has produced for me. Previously, I have been using Ppt 2002 and have had no problems showing the file by animating it automatically as part of the presentation.

    However, I have now upgraded to 2003 and when the flash file plays, I get an error message relating to Digital Signatures. It says "The publisher could not be verified. Are you sure you want to run this software?" I get the option of clicking Run, but that doesn't look good when presenting. I've read up a bit about digital signatures, and sort of understand the reason for them. But I can't see how I can get round this error message displaying.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks, Laurie

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    Re: Problem animating a Flash Movie (2003/Win XP)

    Is there a reason you're using the Run option to play the Flash file? If it's a SWF, I'd use the technique here instead: http://www.flashgeek.com/

    Since that uses an ActiveX control, the Flash file won't work if you're distributing with the PPT Viewer, though.

    If that's not going to work for you, then how exactly have you linked to the Flash file, and is what you posted above exactly the error message that you're seeing? It sounds almost like the "some programs can contain viruses" warning you'll get when opening various files from within PPT 2003.

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    Re: Problem animating a Flash Movie (2003/Win XP)

    Hi,

    Thanks for your reply. Yes, your solution does work, but I'm afraid it's not ideal. I should have mentioned that the flash movie has been converted so it is an .exe file. All I do to play it is go Insert, Object and browse to insert it. That puts an icon on the slide which I then drag off the edge of the slide. I then animate it using the Custom Animation task pane. By doing it this way I can specify closely how I want it to be animated, i.e. what time delay there should be. Previously it would then run automatically, but know I get this error message.

    I've attached an image of the error message I receive.

    Thanks again for your help, Laurie

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    Re: Problem animating a Flash Movie (2003/Win XP)

    That is actually happening courtesy of Windows XP SP2, which made significant changes to the Security settings in the operating system. You should get that message even if you simply double-clicked the file in Windows Explorer. About the only way to circumvent the error is to set your Windows security settings to a very low or off setting.
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    Re: Problem animating a Flash Movie (2003/Win XP)

    Hi,

    Thanks for your help. Interestingly, you do NOT get the same message when you run the file from Windows Explorer. However, I am sure you are right that it is SP2 that is causing the error message. How do you suggest I put my Windows security settings to very low or off?

    Thanks, Laurie

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    Re: Problem animating a Flash Movie (2003/Win XP)

    When you change your settings, choose your "zone" carefully. You don't want to set the Internet zone to "very low" by mistake. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15> There are some past threads on how to get the "My Computer" zone or "Local" zone to show up in the Security dialog. (Or maybe SP2 does that for you?)

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