Flash CS4 Tutorial
How to Better Understand Flash Interface
Flash's interface includes a timeline, stage, menu items and several panels. Your objects and images are added to the stage. Animation occurs in the timeline.
Menu items and panels provide hundreds of object and workspace options.
Open a new document and set the workspace to Essentials with the Workspace menu.
Return to the menu and choose Reset 'Essentials' to verify that you are using the default version of Essentials.
The current stage size and frame rate are listed in the Properties panel (in the Properties section). To edit these items, see topic, Set Size and Frame Rate.
The Tools panel has several tools for creating objects on your stage. For example, you can add shapes, draw lines and paint fills.
There are multiple menus along the top of the interface to make your work easier.
The Window menu allows your to enable and disable palettes.
To convert an object to a symbol, select the object then press F8.
Images and symbols are neatly organized in the Library.
Click a point on the timeline and press F5 to extend your content for several frames.