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In Flash CS5 New Features, author Todd Perkins demonstrates key changes in the CS5 release of Adobe's interactive design and animation software. This course covers enhanced ActionScript features, including code snippets and error handling improvements, new publishing options for Adobe AIR, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash Builder integration, and the new Text Layout Framework for detailed text editing. Exercise files are included with the course.
Flash CS5 has templates for creating different types of ActionScript files. These files are ActionScript 3.0 Classes and ActionScript 3.0 Interfaces. You can create them from the Welcome screen or from choosing File > New. In the New Document dialog, you can choose ActionScript 3.0 Class or ActionScript 3.0 Interface. Let's take a look at the Class first. I'll select it and click OK. Then I'm prompted to create the Class name. So, I'll type 'TestClass' and then click OK.
Flash then creates a brand-new ActionScript Class, based on a document template. In other words, Flash writes the package declaration, the class declaration and creates a constructor method for you. This can save you a lot of time when you're developing an application because you don't have to write this code every single time you create a new ActionScript Class, when you're working in Flash. Let's take a look at ActionScript Interfaces. I'm going to choose create ActionScript 3.0 Interface from the Welcome screen.
Again, I'm asked to add a name, so I'm going to call this ITest, and then I'll click OK, and Flash gives me the interface template. So, when working with these new document templates, you can quickly and easily create ActionScript Classes and Interfaces without having to write the same code each time.
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