Chapter 8Managing Symbols and Scenes

Why Should I Care about Symbols?

At first, as with all the other features of any unfamiliar software program, I was mildly annoyed by the term itself — “symbol.” Good grief! I exclaimed to myself. These people are Macromedia, the same ones who created Director, aren’t they? Why not just call them Castmembers (their counterparts in Director, naturally), and be done with it?

Once I got past my initial petty annoyance (as usual), I found out that these symbols can be rather useful. Once you’ve turned a piece of artwork into a symbol, it’s resizable, distortable, and, perhaps most importantly of all, recyclable ...

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