Flash MX Workspace provides easy access to everything you need to create a movie.

 

 

A document consits of a Timeline, which holds movieís frames, layers and scenes; a Stage, where your movie is displayed; and a work area, which extends beyond the Stage on all sides but remains outside the visible frame of the final movie as it plays.


 

The stage is where you draw and import artwork, add text and sound, and add aditional features such as navigation buttons or user interface components.

 

 

 

The toolbox contains the tools youíll use to create, place, and modify text and graphics.

 

Toolbox: contains tools for creating and changing graphics.

View: use these tools to adjust your view of the stage.

Colors: click the color boxes to choose fill or stroke colors.

Options: whe you select a tools, its modifiers appear in this part of the toolbox.

 

 

The Panels in Flash assist you in working with objects on the stage, the entire document, the Timeline, and actions. Choose the Window menu to see a list of panels.

 

You can display the panel set you use most often by choosing Window > Panel Sets or by creating a custom panel set.

 

 

 

 

The Timeline organizes and control a movieís content over time. Like Films, Flash divides lenghts of time into frames. Each frame can have its own content, or it can use the content of a previous frame.

The Timeline creates a strong visual link between keyframes and related frames that continue to display the same content (the keyframe unit). Solid bullets indicate content in a keyframe; hollow squares indicate the end frame of the unit. In-between frames do not have bullets. A hollow bullet represents a blank keyframe. When there is no content in a given keyframe unit, nothing appears in the timeline.

The playhead (red square at the top) displays what is on the stage at that time or over time.

 

Layers

To help organize the content, the timeline is divided into layers. A background layer, for example, may carry over into each frame of a movie, while an animation layer may be for a specific frame.

 

 

 

 

The Library panel stores reusable elements called symbols.

For example, if you want to reuse a graphic, movie clip, or sound, you can drag it to the library, the drag it to the Stage when you need it.

 

Types of symbols in Flash

In Flash, you must specify a behavior for each symbol. Symbols have three behaviors: graphic, button, and movie clip. Graphics are graphic elements, but they can also be animated graphic elements. The feature that distinguishes one symbol behavior from another is the way the symbol interacts with the Timeline of the movie in which it appears. Graphic symbols operate in sync with the Timeline of the current movie. If you have a static graphic symbol, it takes up one frame of the movie in which you place it. A three-frame animated graphic symbol takes up three frames of the movie. Buttons have their own four-frame Timeline; a button sits in a single frame of a movie but displays its four frames as a userís mouse interacts with it. Movie Clips have their own multiframe Timeline that plays independently of the main movieís Timeline.

 

The Property Inspector displays the most frequently used settings for a tool or object.

 

Configuring Document Properties is a common first step in authoring. You can use the Property inspector and Document Properties dialog box to specify settings that affect the entire movie, such as frame per seconds (fps) playback rate, and the Stage size and background color.

 

Action Script is the built in programming language provided with Flash. You create Action Script in the Actions Panel.