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Flash Professional CS5 New Features

Using the new guide features


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Flash Professional CS5 New Features

with Todd Perkins

Video: Using the new guide features

In this movie, we'll take a look at working with guides in Flash CS5. In previous versions of Flash, it was difficult to get guides in the exact place that you wanted them. In Flash CS5, you have control, down to the pixel. For example, let's say I wanted to have this girl on the bike 10 pixels from the right edge of the stage. Now to do that, I would first look at the size of my stage, which is 192 pixels wide. So I need a guide at exactly 182 pixels.

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Flash Professional CS5 New Features
1h 20m Intermediate Apr 12, 2010

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In Flash CS5 New Features, author Todd Perkins demonstrates key changes in the CS5 release of Adobe's interactive design and animation software. This course covers enhanced ActionScript features, including code snippets and error handling improvements, new publishing options for Adobe AIR, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Flash Builder integration, and the new Text Layout Framework for detailed text editing. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Comparing Flash CS4 and Flash CS5
  • Inserting modifiable cue points for video in Flash
  • Editing text in the Text Layout Framework
  • Embedding fonts
  • Creating and editing ActionScript code snippets
  • Performing roundtrip editing between Photoshop and Flash
  • Exporting FXG files for use in Flash Catalyst
  • Integrating with Flash Builder
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Using the new guide features

In this movie, we'll take a look at working with guides in Flash CS5. In previous versions of Flash, it was difficult to get guides in the exact place that you wanted them. In Flash CS5, you have control, down to the pixel. For example, let's say I wanted to have this girl on the bike 10 pixels from the right edge of the stage. Now to do that, I would first look at the size of my stage, which is 192 pixels wide. So I need a guide at exactly 182 pixels.

So if I click and drag out, the best way to get close to that 182 pixels would be to zoom in, but with Flash CS5, I can just drag it to the approximate location and then double-click the guide, and I have down to the pixel control. Note that if you'd rather use Inches, or Points, or Centimeters and Millimeters, you can do that as well. So I'll click OK, and the guide is at exactly 182 pixels. Now I can select the biker and move her to the right of the stage and have it snap, and she'll snap to that guide.

So using the new guide features in Flash CS5, you have better control and more precise placement for your guides.

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