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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.
Another way to get pre-built interactivity in Flash is to use a template. So if you go to Create from Template from the Welcome Screen or go to File > New and choose Templates, you can create a file based on a pre-built template. Note that you can also save an FLA file as a template if you want to be able to use something over again. So in here you will see things like advertising templates, and these are just based on the size of certain banner ads. So you can base your banner ad off of one of these pre-built sizes. You can use pre-built animations.
You can see pre-built buttons. So let's go down to Presentations and take a look at this simple presentation and see what we have. So I will click OK and I will click on the first keyframe of the Actions layer and open up the Actions panel. So in here you will see a whole bunch of code and basically what this does is it enables you to create slides and then Flash will automatically go through the slides as you click. So you can follow the instructions that are on the Instructions layer, and those are below the Template, and you can create a simple slideshow.
So in this way you don't really have to write any code at all. You can just add extra frames and Flash will create your presentation for you. So this is just one example of a template that's pre-built in Flash. I encourage you to go through them and see if you can find anything useful so you don't have to do as much work in preparing an application.
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