Starting your work with Flash

The first thing you see when you launch Flash is the Start page shown in Figure 1-1. This interface, common to all of the Adobe CS3 applications, is divided into three areas. The area on the left side shows you a list of documents you have previously opened. Click one of them, and that document, provided it hasn’t been moved to another location on your computer, will open. The Open link at the bottom of the list lets you navigate to a document that isn’t on the list.

The menu
The menu

The middle area of the page is where you can choose to create a variety of new Flash documents. Your choices include a blank Flash document, a project aimed at a cell phone or PDA (a mobile document), a series of code-based documents, and a Flash project. The major change in this panel is the ability to select a new document based upon which version of ActionScript will be used in the document. Flash Professional CS3 marks the latest version of the Flash programming language named ActionScript. The previous version of this language, used in Flash MX 2004 and Flash 8, was ActionScript 2.0. The right area of the page is reserved for a variety of templates you can use. Clicking one of the folders opens the New from Template dialog box, as shown in Figure 1-2. The Extend area at the bottom of this column contains a link to the Flash Exchange. This is a hyperlink that takes you to a page on the Adobe site where you can download a variety of tools and projects that are available for free or a nominal cost. Let’s open a new document. Simply click Flash File (ActionScript 3.0) in the Create New area of the Start page to open the Flash interface.

Already made themes

Already made themes

The interface that opens is the feature-rich authoring environment that is the heart and soul of Flash. If you are an existing Flash user, the first thing that will catch your attention is that the interface looks somewhat different from previous versions of the application. In next posts we will try to focus more on Flash Animation and Flash Components.

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~ by denzil77 on July 4, 2008.

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