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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 create a new file in Flash, and set that FLA files document properties. So I'll click to create a new file ActionScript 3.0. For the most part, you're going to be choosing new Flash file ActionScript 3.0, unless you have specific instructions for the project you're working on, you use a different version of ActionScript. So I'll click ActionScript 3.0. Then in the Properties panel, I'll go to the Properties section. In the Size area, I'll click Edit. Here in the Document Settings window, we can adjust the settings for FLA file.
So you can change the Stage size. For example, you can change it to 800x600. You can change your Ruler Units. You can adjust the 3D Perspective if you want. That's something we're going to cover later on. You can match the default settings in Flash, or you can match your printer settings. We'll just leave to Default set. You can choose a background color using a Color Picker window. I'm just going to use white. Then you can set the Frame Rate, which controls the speed of the playback of your animations. If you want to keep your settings as the default every time you create a new document in Flash, you can click Make Default.
I'm not going to do that right now. I'll just click OK to adjust this file. Note that you can also create a new FLA file by choosing File > New. So once you've created an FLA file and set your Document Properties, you're ready to start adding artwork into your application.
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