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Reorganizing panels

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Video: Reorganizing panels

In the previous video we looked at several ways to reorganize and relocate existing panels and windows. In this video we'll look at how to reorganize panels, separating and joining them together. As we saw earlier, the default configuration of the Panel Well is full-size with Color and Library visible. You can also see the Swatches panel behind the Color Panel in a tabbed format. Clicking on the Swatches panel will bring that to the foreground allowing you to navigate through all the existing Swatches, both shipping with {italic}Flash{plain} and any that you may have saved yourselves.

Reorganizing panels

In the previous video we looked at several ways to reorganize and relocate existing panels and windows. In this video we'll look at how to reorganize panels, separating and joining them together. As we saw earlier, the default configuration of the Panel Well is full-size with Color and Library visible. You can also see the Swatches panel behind the Color Panel in a tabbed format. Clicking on the Swatches panel will bring that to the foreground allowing you to navigate through all the existing Swatches, both shipping with {italic}Flash{plain} and any that you may have saved yourselves.

We'll get to that a little bit later. Right now we want to learn how to reorder and regroup the panels to suit your needs. To begin we'll look at how to add panels to the Panel Well. Let's go back to our default configuration of Color and Library with Swatches in the background and go to the Window menu where we want to add the Align panel. Doing so places the Align panel in the Panel Well in the predetermined configuration that is the default workspace shipping with {italic}Flash.{plain} Let's do that process again this time going back up to the Window menu and adding the Info panel. As you see, the Info panel has been added along with the Align panel in the Panel Group. Let's do this one more time going back up to the Window menu and choosing Transform. Transform, too, has been added to the same Panel Group. We can navigate between them, bringing each panel that we wish to the foreground, but they all exist in a Panel Group.

Panel Groups are helpful because they save on screen space, but as you can see, you can only view one panel at a time in a Panel Group. So, what happens if you want to use Align and Transform with equal frequency? Well, you can simply grab any panel by its tab and pull it out to exist on its own. If you want the panel to exist in the Panel Well, but not as part of a Panel Group you can re-add to the Panel Well but drag down to a stand-alone position. As you can see, if we drag over the existing Panel Group the entire Panel Group will highlight, however, if we drag between panels a single color line will indicate its position. Now we can see both Transform and Align at the same time. You can use this same technique to reorder panels anyway you see fit. So you might drag the Align panel above the Transform panel, as its own panel, you maybe rejoin Align, Info and Transform, and if you prefer, you can even change the order of panels in a single Panel Group. You can also change the vertical stacking order for any panel or Panel Group inside the Panel Well. You can reorder a single panel or an entire Panel Group. You can pull out an entire Panel Group and restore an entire Panel Group and you can close a single panel within a group or an entire Panel Group. Finally, all of these techniques work regardless of the configuration of your Panel Well. For example, I could go up to the gray bar with the double-arrow icon on top of the Panel Well to collapse to icon and text view. I could then reorder the panel by dragging it above the Panel Group, I could separate the panel from the Panel Well altogether, and I could rejoin the Panel Well in a new location. If you've changed your workspace extensively for an isolated circumstance or if you just want to start over, you can simply go back up to the Window menu and come down to Workspace > Default and the default workspace that ships with {italic}Flash CS3{plain} will be restored. As you can see, {italic}Flash{plain} {italic}CS3{plain} is heavily customizable and in order to take advantage of those feature we want to be able to save our changes and that's what we're going to learn in the next video.

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  1. 5m 12s
    1. Welcome
      1m 22s
    2. Using the exercise files and cross-referencing
      3m 50s
  2. 23m 10s
    1. Creating a new document
      3m 34s
    2. The default workspace
      1m 45s
    3. Customizing your workspace
      5m 28s
    4. Reorganizing panels
      3m 52s
    5. Saving workspaces
      1m 50s
    6. Document tabs
      2m 25s
    7. Maximize mode
      1m 26s
    8. Finding help
      2m 50s
  3. 34m 24s
    1. Drawing tool basics
      1m 9s
    2. Drawing with the Pencil and Line tools
      4m 49s
    3. The improved Pen tool
      5m 38s
    4. The Quick Color tools
      1m 10s
    5. Drawing with shapes
      4m 1s
    6. Selecting content
      2m 19s
    7. Manipulating lines and fills
      6m 4s
    8. Painting with brushes
      2m 38s
    9. Erasing content
      2m 29s
    10. Understanding drawing modes
      4m 7s
  4. 16m 3s
    1. Using the Color Mixer
      6m 38s
    2. The Gradient Transform tool
      3m 13s
    3. Color swatches
      6m 12s
  5. 57m 40s
    1. Symbols overview
      7m 23s
    2. Creating and editing symbols
      2m 41s
    3. Nesting and breaking apart symbols
      6m 6s
    4. Working with buttons
      10m 59s
    5. Working with movie clips
      4m 25s
    6. Working with graphics
      5m 8s
    7. Using the Library
      3m 29s
    8. Transformation tools
      5m 15s
    9. Transformation panels
      6m 41s
    10. Transformation menus
      5m 33s
  6. 38m 31s
    1. Using layers
      11m 13s
    2. Adding, deleting, and grouping layers
      3m 35s
    3. What is a keyframe?
      4m 31s
    4. Using frames and keyframes
      6m 30s
    5. Working with multiple frames
      7m 0s
    6. Copying and pasting frames
      2m 45s
    7. Understanding scenes
      2m 57s
  7. 11m 17s
    1. Understanding document settings
      2m 5s
    2. Testing buttons and movie clips
      1m 24s
    3. Testing your movie
      1m 59s
    4. Publishing your movie
      5m 49s
  8. 33m 47s
    1. Vector vs. bitmap
      3m 58s
    2. Importing images and image compression
      8m 26s
    3. Importing Photoshop files
      5m 40s
    4. Importing Illustrator files
      4m 12s
    5. Tracing bitmaps
      7m 20s
    6. Breaking apart bitmaps
      4m 11s
  9. 43m 10s
    1. Shape tweening
      10m 58s
    2. Using shape hints
      2m 23s
    3. Tweening gradients
      3m 44s
    4. Motion tweening
      11m 54s
    5. Copy and Paste Motion
      2m 46s
    6. Motion guides
      4m 2s
    7. Custom easing
      7m 23s
  10. 41m 13s
    1. Understanding text types
      6m 0s
    2. Controlling text appearance
      6m 39s
    3. Simple text effects through tweening
      5m 46s
    4. Adding text to a project file
      19m 11s
    5. Spell-checking and Find and Replace
      3m 37s
  11. 33m 50s
    1. Using filters
      4m 5s
    2. Special filter options
      7m 57s
    3. Animating filters
      8m 8s
    4. Adding filters to a project file
      3m 34s
    5. Using blend modes
      3m 11s
    6. Flash-specific blend modes
      6m 55s
  12. 17m 3s
    1. Components overview
      4m 35s
    2. Adding a UIScrollBar component
      4m 16s
    3. Using a Loader component
      8m 12s
  13. 25m 6s
    1. Adding sound to the timeline
      4m 14s
    2. Adding basic effects to sounds
      4m 43s
    3. Sound sync options
      8m 59s
    4. Adding sound to buttons
      4m 47s
    5. Sound compression basics
      2m 23s
  14. 21m 37s
    1. Embedded vs. external
      3m 28s
    2. Embedding videos with the Flash Video Encoder
      9m 27s
    3. Encoding external FLVs with optional cue points
      4m 14s
    4. Playing external videos with the FLVPlayback component
      4m 28s
  15. 51m 1s
    1. Overview and interface elements
      6m 3s
    2. Frame scripts, tracing, and comments
      6m 8s
    3. Variable basics
      3m 1s
    4. Function basics
      4m 19s
    5. Buttons and EventListeners
      7m 59s
    6. Simple navigation
      16m 11s
    7. Scripting components
      7m 20s
  16. 24m 36s
    1. The story so far
      2m 27s
    2. Animated buttons
      6m 23s
    3. Animated masks
      9m 54s
    4. Publishing your site
      5m 52s
  17. 3m 3s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 12s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 51s

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