2Timelines, Layers, The Stage, MovieClips, and the Library

The Main Timeline

One of the most important concepts in Flash development is the timeline. In every new Flash document, the “Main Timeline” is the most prominent feature in the workspace. Figure 2.1 shows a new, empty Flash document with the Main Timeline at the top of the workspace.


Figure 2.1 The Main Timeline

The Main Timeline is made up of a sequence of “frames” which are numbered sequentially. There is an unlimited supply of frames. The scroll bar at the bottom of the Timeline pane is used to navigate through all the frames in the timeline. In a new Flash document, all of the frames ...

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