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Lesson 1. Director Basics > Setting The Stage Size

Setting The Stage Size

Because you have just been looking at the movie artist.dir, your stage size is probably still set to the same size as was used in that movie: 640 by 480 pixels. Just in case it isn't, you should know how to set the stage size. Also, for some projects, you may want to use a stage that is as large as possible: in presentations, for example, or kiosks or full Web pages. At other times, you may just be creating an animated button that you will deliver in Shockwave as part of a Web page. Director lets you determine, and change at any time, the size of the stage that the final user will see.

As you set the stage size, you will also take a first look at the Property Inspector, a new feature introduced with Director 8 and a feature that you will probably be using constantly once you start producing projects in Director. The Property Inspector is a context-sensitive window, which means that the information it displays changes depending on the item selected in Director. Click a cast member, and the Property Inspector gives you information about that cast member (and the cast itself). Click a sprite, and the Property Inspector gives you information about that sprite, the cast member it is derived from, and so on. Almost anything you want to know about anything you create with Director is available through the Property Inspector. Prior to Director 8, this information was available, but different types of information were accessed in different ways, with different methods and shortcuts to get to the necessary dialog boxes. The Property Inspector now replaces all these other dialog boxes, so the paths now all lead to the same location, and you can use any one of several shortcuts to get there. For now, though, we will access the Property Inspector through the menu bar.


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