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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.
In this movie we will look at the different workspaces that are built into Flash and how to create your own customized workspace. The default workspace for Flash CS5 is the Essentials workspace. Just like the name implies, the Essentials workspace covers your basic needs for working in Flash. So if I click Essentials, the drop-down menu opens so I can go to various workspaces. So I can take a look at the Animator workspace, Classic workspace, Debug workspace, the Designer workspace, Developer workspace or the Small Screen workspace.
All of these different workspaces have the tools that you need the most when you're doing that particular job. So whether you're animating, you're used to previous versions of Flash, you're doing programming, designing, writing code or just the basics, or if you're working on a Small Screen, Flash already has your bases covered. You can also use these as a starting point for building your own custom workspace. So let's say I do a lot of designing. So I'll choose the Designer workspace and in my designing I also use the History panel.
So I'll go to Window > Other Panels > History. And since I don't want this panel floating in the way, I will put it over to the side. So I will put this in between the Library and the Align panel group. So now if I want to save this as a custom workspace, I can click that drop-down menu and then choose New Workspace and I'll name this Designer + History and then I'll click OK. So now I have my custom workspace and if I want to go back to another workspace, I can.
Let's say I modify the Essentials workspace and I didn't save it, I will remove the Info panel and the Align panel and then I'll change the workspace to Classic. And now when I go back to Essentials, the Align and Info panels aren't there. So Flash remembered that change that I made to the Essentials workspace. If I want to reset that workspace, I can go to the workspace drop-down and choose reset Essentials and all of the original essential items are back inside of that workspace. So as you are starting out with Flash, you may not know which panels you are going to use most often, but as you get more experienced, try creating your own customized workspace so you can have the most efficient workflow possible.
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