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Setting object properties


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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training

with Mordy Golding

Video: Setting object properties

If you're familiar with a vector-based application, something like Illustrator or even Fireworks, you know that each object on your screen has certain attributes, for example, a Fill Color or a Stroke setting. Well, the same applies here inside of Flash Catalyst, but we control these attributes through something called the Properties panel. You can find the Properties panel in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. To make it easier to work with, I'm actually going to double-click on my Layers panel to collapse it and I'll do the same for the Interactions panel. This way I have much more space now allocated for the Properties panel.
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  1. 9m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 29s
    2. Key concepts
      4m 33s
    3. When should I use Flash Catalyst?
      2m 51s
    4. Using the exercise files
      31s
  2. 33m 12s
    1. Creating a new project
      5m 14s
    2. Defining components
      6m 26s
    3. Adding pages
      5m 41s
    4. Adding interaction
      6m 20s
    5. Adding transitions
      7m 12s
    6. Publishing options
      2m 19s
  3. 21m 37s
    1. Planning your project
      8m 11s
    2. Starting your project in Illustrator
      4m 9s
    3. Starting your project in Photoshop
      4m 22s
    4. Starting your project in Fireworks
      3m 10s
    5. Starting your project in Flash Catalyst
      1m 45s
  4. 30m 55s
    1. Understanding components
      5m 14s
    2. Creating a button component
      7m 10s
    3. Creating a checkbox component
      3m 55s
    4. Creating a radio button component
      5m 10s
    5. Creating a toggle button component
      2m 4s
    6. Creating a text input component
      1m 35s
    7. Creating horizontal and vertical slider components
      2m 46s
    8. Creating horizontal and vertical scrollbar components
      3m 1s
  5. 31m 55s
    1. Using the drawing and selection tools
      5m 52s
    2. Setting object properties
      4m 48s
    3. Importing artwork
      2m 27s
    4. Editing artwork in Illustrator
      6m 29s
    5. Editing artwork in Photoshop
      4m 27s
    6. Working with text
      3m 39s
    7. Optimizing artwork
      4m 13s
  6. 28m 56s
    1. Understanding pages and layers
      9m 50s
    2. Editing pages and states
      7m 24s
    3. Using grids, guides, and rulers
      1m 40s
    4. Aligning and arranging objects
      2m 27s
    5. Moving elements between pages and states
      4m 33s
    6. Using the Library panel
      3m 2s
  7. 54m 43s
    1. Understanding interaction types
      8m 24s
    2. Creating conditional interactions
      3m 6s
    3. Understanding the timeline
      7m 40s
    4. Creating smooth transitions
      7m 44s
    5. Defining Move transitions
      3m 33s
    6. Defining Resize transitions
      3m 53s
    7. Defining Rotate transitions
      2m 53s
    8. Defining Rotate 3D transitions
      3m 35s
    9. Adjusting basic timing
      5m 57s
    10. Creating an action sequence
      7m 58s
  8. 18m 11s
    1. Creating Flash video files
      3m 32s
    2. Placing video into a project
      3m 51s
    3. Controlling video playback
      3m 51s
    4. Adding sound effects
      3m 17s
    5. Integrating Flash content
      3m 40s
  9. 25m 53s
    1. Using a Data List to define repeating elements
      4m 11s
    2. Creating a basic Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      5m 31s
    3. Creating a basic Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      3m 8s
    4. Planning a complex Data List
      1m 57s
    5. Creating a complex Data List pt. 1: Building the components
      6m 33s
    6. Creating a complex Data List pt. 2: Adding the data
      4m 33s
  10. 12m 14s
    1. Publishing an SWF file to view locally or offline
      2m 30s
    2. Publishing an SWF files to upload to the web
      2m 35s
    3. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with Dreamweaver
      2m 25s
    4. Integrating an SWF file into a web page with an HTML text editor
      2m 48s
    5. Publishing an Adobe AIR file
      1m 56s
  11. 7m 52s
    1. Creating custom components
      4m 27s
    2. Working with Library Packages
      1m 47s
    3. Using the Code view in Flash Catalyst
      1m 38s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training
4h 35m Beginner Apr 12, 2010

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In Flash Catalyst CS5 Essential Training, author Mordy Golding demonstrates how to create and publish fully interactive Flash (SWF) micro sites, widgets, portfolios, and applications from static Photoshop, Illustrator, and Fireworks artwork—all without writing code. The course covers planning a project, importing and organizing assets, creating interactive components, defining repeating data lists, and publishing final projects. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Organizing a Flash Catalyst project with layers and pages
  • Roundtrip editing with Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Sharing artwork across pages and states
  • Creating data lists for repeating elements in the Design-Time Data panel
  • Defining conditional parameters for an interaction
  • Integrating audio and video
  • Triggering state changes with interactions
  • Creating custom components
  • Exporting to SWF or AIR
  • Placing a SWF file into an HTML page on a web site
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Catalyst
Author:
Mordy Golding

Setting object properties

If you're familiar with a vector-based application, something like Illustrator or even Fireworks, you know that each object on your screen has certain attributes, for example, a Fill Color or a Stroke setting. Well, the same applies here inside of Flash Catalyst, but we control these attributes through something called the Properties panel. You can find the Properties panel in the lower right-hand corner of your screen. To make it easier to work with, I'm actually going to double-click on my Layers panel to collapse it and I'll do the same for the Interactions panel. This way I have much more space now allocated for the Properties panel.

If you've used Flash Professional, you're already familiar with something called the Properties panel. But if you're coming from Illustrator or Photoshop, the Properties panel closely matches what the Control panel or the tool Options Bar presents. It's context-sensitive, meaning it shows you options depending on what you have selected at any one time. In this case, I have a rectangle selected, so I'm seeing the settings for the rectangle. I'm seeing X and Y values for the coordinates of this object. By the way, the coordinates that I'm seeing here are for the upper left-hand corner of that rectangle.

I'm also seeing Width and Height values. These are values that I could change at any time by just clicking-and-dragging on them, dragging to the left and to the right, something called scrubby sliders. When I release the mouse, I'll see the new setting applied. I actually want to make this rectangle of a specific size, and you can enter exact numbers by just taking your mouse and clicking once on the number. That will highlight it. I'm going to make the Width here 530 pixels. I'm going to hit Tab to drop down to the Height setting. I'm going to type in 340 pixels.

Once again, I'll hit Tab to accept that value. Currently, there is no Stroke applied to this object, but if I wanted to I can specify a color by clicking on this, specifying a color and a weight or the thickness of the Stroke. But in this case, I really don't want to have a Stroke on this rectangle at all. So I'm going to click on None. However, I do want this to have a Fill attribute. I want the color not to be white, but to be black. So I'll click on the color pop-up here and I'll choose this color right here. Notice that immediately, you can now read the text that appears on this page.

However, to add a little bit more of a subtle effect, I want to have some transparency applied to this object so that I can see a little bit of the background behind it. So you'll see that I have now an Opacity value here. I'll enter a value of 85%. Notice by the way that even though I used the Rectangle tool to create this object, the Corners setting here is set to 0. If I wanted to, I could create rounded corners by just changing the value here. Now for a rectangle shape, I can also control the blend mode and I can even add a Filter or a special effect, for example something like a Glow or a Drop Shadow.

To do that, I would click on the Plus sign and then choose which type of effect I'd like to apply. Now, I don't want to add an effect to this object, but let's try applying effects to other objects in this project. So I'm going to deselect this shape right here. I'll double-click on the Layers panel to reveal these settings here. I'll scroll to reveal the Navigation layer. This is the layer that contains all the buttons. I'll click on the first button here, which is this button that actually triggers the move to the Growing page. By looking at the Properties panel, I already see that some things have changed.

For example, there is now a field for Label. This button doesn't have a Label on it but, of course, buttons can have labels. I'm going to scroll down here towards the bottom of the Properties panel. In fact, you'll see a setting here called Tooltip. By entering a value in here, when viewing this project in a web browser, as I run my mouse over that button, a little text tooltip will appear. For example, it could say Click Here, or it could say Growing. It's just a way for you to help identify your users how to use the application that you're creating.

But if I scroll down further in the Properties panel, I'll see that I can add a Filter. I'm going to click on the Plus sign and I'll add a Drop Shadow. Notice that the settings that you see here are very similar to the settings that you might find in your favorite design application. If you've applied a Filter and you now want to remove it from an object, just click on this little circle with the X inside of it to remove that filter. So you can probably see that you're going to be spending a lot of time in the Properties panel here in Flash Catalyst. As a little tip, I found that when I'm working inside of Flash Catalyst and I'm trying to find a setting for something that I want to do, that setting usually is inside of the Properties panel.

So I find myself looking there pretty often. However, while the Properties panel is great, there are, of course, many times when I want to do my editing directly in the artboard. For example, if I want to take this rectangle that I've created and I want to nudge it right into position, I can select it on the artboard and then use the Arrow keys of my keyboard, to just move it right into the position that I want. I can either use precise values in my Properties panel or I can eyeball it right on my screen.

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Q: In Flash Catalyst, is it possible to control two sound sources being played at the same time? For example, the main audio will take priority, and the secondary audio will only be played at 20% (or any user defined percentage) of the main audio?
A: In the 1.0 version of Flash Catalyst, this is not possible.
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