In this chapter, you'll learn the basics of working in Flash Professional CS6 and become familiar with important elements of the application interface.
Becoming Familiar with Flash Professional CS6
The Flash Professional interface contains a variety of useful panels and other structures that help you to work effectively. This lesson provides an overview of the most important and useful elements of the application interface.
Like most Adobe Creative Suite applications, Flash Professional will present you with a Welcome screen when the application is initialized, giving you quick access to a number of common tasks. This lesson looks at the options available in the Welcome screen.
The Stage and accompanying work area in Flash Professional are where all of the visual creation, manipulation, and animation take place. This lesson demonstrates the differences between these two features and looks at properties associated with the Stage.
Symbols in Flash Professional can be used to package assets and behaviors into small, reusable packages for use across a project. This lesson introduces the Library and looks at how symbols are created.
Once a symbol has been created and stored in a project library, instances of that symbol can be used throughout the project. This lesson looks at symbol instances and how they can be used in Flash Professional.
When you want to display text in Flash Professional, the most straightforward way of doing so is to use the Text tool. This lesson will examine the use of this tool in creating text fields on the Stage.
In this chapter you'll learn how to use the programming language ActionScript to enable interactivity in a project. You'll see how use code snippets, write ActionScript directly on the Timeline, and use EnterFrame and Timer events.
ActionScript is the powerful object-oriented programming language behind any Flash interactive content. This lesson serves as an introduction to working with AS3 in Flash Professional.
While Flash Professional traditionally outputs a SWF file for use with the Flash Player, content created in Flash Professional CS6 can also target desktop, mobile, and even HTML5. You'll learn about these output options in this chapter.
Additional Output Options
Adobe AIR is an integrated runtime environment for taking Flash content out of the browser and creating full desktop experiences. This lesson demonstrates how to compile for the AIR runtime.