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I would like to start off by giving you an overview of Flash CS4 Professional. Obviously, I have it open right now. You can see, from this start up panel, I can go ahead and Create a New File. So that's the first thing I want to do is Create a New Flash File (ActionScript 3.0). If I select that, a new Untitled file opens up. It's just a document that just has a white background right here. And what I am going to do is I am going to go ahead and save this. So I am going to go to File>Save and I am going to save it to my Desktop, in my Exercise Files folder, Chapter01, and I am going to save it in 02 final.
So I am going to change this title from Untitled-1 to index, because when you are making your website, the root file, the main file of your website, is going to be called index, and that's what I am calling it here. This is going to be more or less like my homepage. It's going to be index.fla, and I am going to go ahead and select Save. Now I have it saved correctly and now I am ready to do some work. So there is plenty of panels around here, and your setup might be different from mine, so what I would like for you to do is go to Window, down to Workspace, and change your Workspace to something else, change it to Classic.
If I change it to Classic, you can see how all the panels adjust. I have the Tools panel on left side. I have the Timeline at the top. I have the Properties panel on the right side. The only other panel that I know I am going to use a lot is the Library panel. So if I go to Window, down to Library, it will open up that Library panel. In fact, it was nested right here. But I can go ahead and select that tab and pull that panel out. Now I can position this wherever I want, but I can also nest it over here in the Properties panel.
And that's what I want to do, nest it clear down here at the bottom, so the Library panel is just beneath the Properties panel. And I can go ahead and close that panel if I want to see more of the properties. But in general, this is set up the way I want to set up my document. And sure enough, if I twirl that Library panel down, I can change the Properties for this document. So this white stage area, well, I can easily change that to a medium blue if I want to. I could even change the Size of this document.
I am going to click Edit, and I can adjust the Dimensions. So since this is for a web page, I want to make sure it fits a web browser perfectly. Now, the smallest common denominator for a monitor is going to be 1024x768. So 1024x768 would be the size, but I have to subtract some to account for the browser scrollbars and buttons. So I will just make this 1000 pixels wide, and instead of it being 768, I want to take off and make that about 700, make it a little smaller to account for the buttons.
But sure enough, I can control the dimensions, I can hit select, and then we will go ahead and change it, and I can see that this is ready to go, and I can go ahead and Save this file. And sure enough, I can go ahead and use any of these tools to create what I need to, but in general, that's the short of creating your very first Flash File.
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