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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.
Flash CS5 introduces a new text layout engine called the Text Layout Framework. Before Flash CS5, some of this functionality was available only through plug-ins and ActionScript code. Now it's built directly into Flash. In this movie, we will look at the Text Layout Framework and some of the settings that you'll need in order to use the Text Layout Framework. When you are using the Text Layout Framework, you need to target Flash Player 10 or above and ActionScript 3.0. You can set this when you create a new document in Flash.
So when you go to File > New, you can choose ActionScript 3.0. That will automatically create a Flash Player 10 file. And if you have another file that's targeted with Flash Player 9 for example, you can change that in your Publish Profile Setting. So you can go File > Publish Settings > Flash and then choose Flash Player 10 for the Player. Then when you're done, you can click OK. On the Stage here I have some text. If I select the text with the Selection tool, you can see in the Properties panel that it's called TLF Text.
The drop-down menu that says TLF Text allows you to choose the text engine when you're working in Flash. If I click on the drop-down menu, you'll see that there is also Classic Text. We will talk more about Classic Text in another movie. There are three different types of Text Layout Framework text. There is Read Only, Selectable, and Editable. All of these do what their name implies. So Read Only cannot be selected or edited. Selectable text is selectable in the Flash Player. It's not editable though. And Editable text can be edited in the Flash player.
So this is used for something like forms. So that's a brief introduction to the Text Layout Framework. The main thing I want you to take away at this point is that you can control what text engine you use in the Properties panel and to use the Text Layout Framework, you need to target Flash Player 10 and ActionScript 3.0.
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