Chapter 1. The Flash Authoring Tool

Before you get started creating projects in Adobe Flash CS3 Professional, it’s helpful to take a look around the authoring environment and begin to recognize and manipulate its components. When you open Flash for the first time, you’ll see the Flash Welcome screen. This screen acts as a gateway to many documents and operations in Flash. When you open a Flash document, you enter the Flash authoring environment. Each Flash document consists of four basic items: the Timeline, a record of every frame, layer, and scene in your movie; the Edit bar, which displays identifying text and menus for choosing symbols and scenes to work on; the Stage, the actual area in which your movie displays; and the Pasteboard, extra ...

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