Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Working with Authortime shared assets

From: Flash Professional CS5.5 New Features

Video: Working with Authortime shared assets

Have you ever wanted to share assets between multiple FLA files? Flash CS5 has a new feature that makes it easier than ever. So, on the stage here in my sk8bit file, I have a movie clip that's an instance of a symbol named Kid. And what I want to do is share this asset with other FLAs. The way I want to share this have it be a link, so if I update the main symbol in the sk8bit.fla file, it will get updated in all of the linked FLA files.

Working with Authortime shared assets

Have you ever wanted to share assets between multiple FLA files? Flash CS5 has a new feature that makes it easier than ever. So, on the stage here in my sk8bit file, I have a movie clip that's an instance of a symbol named Kid. And what I want to do is share this asset with other FLAs. The way I want to share this have it be a link, so if I update the main symbol in the sk8bit.fla file, it will get updated in all of the linked FLA files.

So, let's go to shared.fla and go to the LIBRARY and click the New Symbol button. You can give this any name you want, so I will this KidLinked and in the Advanced section, find the Authortime Sharing area. Click the Source File button and choose sk8bit.fla to find the symbol. Remember, it's called Kid. So, I will click on that and see the preview there and click OK. Note that you could change the symbol later if you want by clicking the Symbol button or the Source File obviously, and then you can click the Update automatically option to update the symbol automatically.

So, I am going to check that and click OK. Now, I will drag KidLinked on to the stage and there he is. Now, remember this symbol is not an ordinary symbol. Notice that if you try to double-click to edit, you'll have an Edit Shared Symbol window pop up that says you can either edit the source or break the link if you want to edit it in here. Now, I don't wan to break the link because I want it to be connected to the source. So, I will just click Cancel, and then I'll jump over to the source file and edit the symbol by double-clicking.

So, now I am inside of the Kid movie clip and what I want to do is modify the artwork. I think, what this kid could use is a mustache. So, I'm going to zoom in using the Zoom tool and I will grab the Rectangle tool, no stroke and for the Fill our sample is hair color and draw a nice little mustache on the kid. Notice that it doesn't work and that's because this is a bitmap graphic, so shapes are lower in the hierarchy automatically so they go behind the bitmap.

So, what we will need to do is create a new layer and just draw the mustache on that layer. That's pretty nice. And then before you see the update, you will have to save the file, so if I go over to shared right here, I won't see the updated mustache. So, I will click File > Save and then jump over to share.fla and there is a handsome mustache on the skateboarder. So, again I can undo that change by deleting the layer and saving the file.

When I go back to share.fla, no more mustache. So to recap, through the Advanced section of the Symbol properties window, you can use Authortime Shared assets and link symbols to those in other FLA files.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Flash Professional CS5.5 New Features
Flash Professional CS5.5 New Features

23 video lessons · 6325 viewers

Todd Perkins
Author

 

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Flash Professional CS5.5 New Features.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.