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In Flash Professional CS5 Essential Training, author Todd Perkins explains the fundamentals of Flash Professional CS5, the industry standard for creating animations and interactive applications for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. This course starts with the basics, such as using the drawing tools to create simple animations, and progresses to automating animation with tweens and adding interactivity with ActionScript. This course also covers how to add sound and video to projects, enhance realism with effects like easing, and publish a project to a variety of platforms. Exercise files are included.
Let's take a look at the Flash environment. The Flash environment is divided into a few different sections. The main section you'll be working in is called the Stage. On my screen right now, the Stage has a white background. This is the visible area for your application. The pasteboard is a gray area off of the Stage. This is the non-visible area of your application. You typically use the pasteboard to deselect objects. So if something selected on the Stage, you can always click in the pasteboard to deselect it. By default, the Timeline is below the Stage.
The Timeline organizes your FLA file into layers and frames. We'll talk more about frames later in this title. Above the Stage, you'll see some buttons for navigating through your file, and a dropdown menu that you can use to zoom in and out. To the right of the Stage, you'll see the panels. You'll be working a lot in the Properties panel and the toolbar. We'll go into more detail about panels in another movie. But the purpose of this movie is just to familiarize you with the Flash interface, so that you can know the different parts of Flash.
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