Appendix A. Installation and Help

It’s 2:00 a.m., you’re this close to finishing your animation, and you run into a snag. If you can’t find the answer to your question in the pages of this book, you have plenty of other possibilities. First of all, Flash has its own built-in help system, which may give you the answer you need on the spot. For more complex problems, you can seek technical support from Adobe or from fellow Flash fans via the Web. This appendix outlines all these options.

First, in case you need help getting Flash installed on your computer, some basic instructions follow.

Flash CS6 Minimum System Requirements

While the Flash box lists minimum requirements, minimum is the operative word. You’ll want at least 20 GB free on your hard disk—not just for the program installation, but to give you room to create and store your Flash masterpieces and import additional files (like previously created images, sound files, and movies) from elsewhere.

Adobe lists the minimum amount of computer memory as 2 GB for both Macs and PCs, but as usual, you won’t be sorry if you have two to four times that amount. The same is true of processor speed—faster multicore processors perform best. For Windows operating systems, Flash works with Windows XP with Service Pack 3, Vista, or Windows 7. It’s best to have the most recent service packs (operating system upgrade) installed. For Macs, the requirement is an Intel multicore processor accompanied by Mac OS X version 10.6 or 10.7. Flash CS6 isn’t ...

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