About the Flash Authoring Environment
Chapter 1
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About the Flash Authoring
Environment
Flash CS4 introduces a new user interface for
the authoring environment: the application
frame. is frame holds Flashs panels and
documents in a resizable window.  e frame
keeps elements together, making the most
e cient use of space and creating a Flash
desktop” that hides elements of other open
applications. (In the Mac OS, such elements
would otherwise show through any spaces
between panels and documents, creating a
distracting visual  eld.) A menu bar contain-
ing the Flash commands appears at the top
of the screen, above the application frame.
Touring the Workspace
e layout of elements within the application
frame is called the workspace. Flash comes
with  ve preset workspaces: Classic, Debug,
Designer, Developer, and Essentials. Each
one uses a di erent set of docked panels
(Figure 1.11).  e workspace is customiz-
able. You can open and close documents
and panels, docking them where you prefer
within the frame. Or you can undock panels
and documents and  oat them anywhere on
the desktop. You can save these con gura-
tions in new workspaces. Flash remembers
the current workspace setup from one work
session to the next.
Figure 1.11 Flash offers fi ve preset workspaces, each with a different confi guration of open panels and docking
locations. Two workspaces are pictured here: Essentials (left), a bare-bones setup, and Designer (right), a layout of
panels commonly used while creating artwork in Flash.
About the Flash Authoring Environment
The Flash Authoring Tool
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Figure 1.12 Choose Window > Workspace > New
Workspace (top) to access the New Workspace dialog
(bottom). Enter a name for your current desktop
confi guration and click OK.
Figure 1.13 The Workspace pop-up
menu in the Application bar gives you
quick access to preset and custom
workspaces as well as workspace-
management commands.
To save a custom workspace:
1. Con gure panels in the application frame
and/or in  oating windows, using the
techniques youll learn later in this chapter.
2. Choose Window > Workspace > New
Workspace.