Interface Overview

Interface Overview

Flash CS4 ActionScript 3.0 Tutorial


How to Better Understand Flash ActionScript Interface Elements



Before you start working with ActionScript, chances are you have become familiar with layers, tweens, tools, menu items and the other elements used to create content in Flash. This topic is designed to introduce you to several items that will simplify your work with ActionScript. For more information on setting your ActionScript preferences, see topic, Preferences.


Step One

ActionScript is added to a keyframe on the Actions layer. It is generally the top layer or sometimes the second layer if you add a Labels layer.

Step Two

Once you add ActionScript to a keyframe, a small "a" appears in the keyframe to let you know that there is code on that keyframe.

Step Three

When you create your Actions layer, it is a good idea to lock the layer to prevent adding any objects to the Actions layer.

Step Four

ActionScript is added in the Actions panel. The panel can be opened multiple ways.

Step Five

The first way to open the panel is to select a keyframe, then choose Window > Actions (Opt/F9 (PC - F9)

Step Six

A second way is to Option (PC - Alt) double-click the selected keyframe in the Actions layer.

Step Seven

A third method is select the keyframe, then click the small Actions icon in the Properties panel.

Step Eight

It helps to reposition the Actions panel by dragging it. You can also resize the panel.

Step Nine

Click the medium gray area once to reveal or hide the panel.

Step Ten

Blue words are reserved words. To better understand a blue word, select it and click the Help icon.

Step Eleven

If you have ActionScript on multiple keyframes, you can click the keyframe in the side panel to see the corresponding ActionScript.

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