Simply put… Text can be rendered in flash. Any Vector-like drawing can be done in flash. Any graphics need to be sliced from the template and imported and you simply repositions things and add the code.
So… just start cutting things out and importing them.
thx,zado! what about xml? such as flash xml site
smashingmagazine.com just had a post in the last few weeks linking to flash tutorials http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/01/17/adobe-flash-tutorials-best-of/
I think that one post should have links to most of your questions.