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Flash Professional 8 Essential Training with Shane Rebenschied teaches new users how to use the drawing tools, swatches, and color panels in Flash 8. The course walks learners through animation processes, and how to integrate type, graphics, audio, and video. Shane teaches you how to use ActionScript for common projects such as creating slide shows, pop-up menus, and scrolling text. The training ends with instruction on how to publish to the Web or CD-ROM.
Whenever you add or edit ActionScript inside your Flash movie you're going to be working with something called the Actions panel. The Actions panel is where you create and edit all the Action Scripting for any element or keyframe in your entire movie. Let's take a look at what that Actions panel looks like first. For now go ahead and open up a new FLA, select the first keyframe, and open up your Actions panel. There are few ways to do that. In the default workspace on Windows, the Actions panel is just above the Properties Inspector.
You can open it just by clicking on that top title bar. Alternately, you can also use the keyboard shortcut which is F9 on Windows ( or Option F9 on Macintosh). Alternately, you can also open the Actions panel by choosing Window, Actions. Regardless, go ahead, and with that first Keyframe selected, open up your Actions panel. Now the Actions panel is divided essentially into three separate areas. You have on the right hand side what's called your Script pane. On the Script pane is where you write all your ActionScript.
So, as you're working on adding ActionScript to your movie, this is where you'll see all that code listed. On that top left hand side, you'll see what's called the Actions toolbox. That's where all the various actions are compiled and available for your use. Additionally, you can also get access to the Actions toolbox from within the Script pane by clicking on the Add Action button up here, at the top left. When you do that you can see all the various categories for the actions that you can add. Additionally, on the bottom left, is what's called the Script navigator.
And this shows you everything that you've added ActionsScript to in your movie (be they button or movie clip symbols, keyframes, and so forth). So you can easily switch back and forth between the items that you've added actions to by simply clicking on them here, inside the Script navigator. When you select them your Script pane will automatically update to show you the actions that you've applied to those items. If you find yourself not using the Script navigator very much, you can give your Actions toolbox a little bit more room by clicking on this button that divides the Script navigator from the Actions toolbox. It will toggle back and forth and makes more room for the Actions toolbox or the Script navigator.
So by clicking on that button you can give your Actions toolbox more room should you decide that you need it. Additionally, you can also adjust the room that you give your script to pane by dragging on this vertical bar that separates the Actions toolbox from the Script pane. So if you need less or more room you can simply drag on this vertical bar. I would however suggest that you get used to opening and closing the Actions panel a lot. There can be a lot of times when you're switching back and forth between the Actions panel and what you are working with on your Stage.
Again the easy way to do that is just by the keyboard shortcut F9 on Windows (or Option F9 on Macintosh) to easily toggle that Actions panel open and closed.
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