Pausing the Timeline

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SOONER OR LATER you’re going to want to pause the timeline for a few seconds or even a few minutes, then resume the action after the viewer has had the chance to read something important or cast a lengthy gaze at your artwork. Flash banner advertisements are commonplace throughout the Web and the ability to pause the playhead to help emphasize a specific advertisement message can be critical to the success of the ad itself.

The obvious way to handle this is to add extra frames where you want the pausing to occur. Depending on the length of the pause, though, that can make for an unwieldy timeline, especially if you have a ...

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