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Chapter 2. Assembling Casts > Managing Cast and Cast Member Properties

Managing Cast and Cast Member Properties

You can use the Property Inspector to view and change the properties of individual cast members or entire casts.

To view or change cast and cast-member properties:

1.
Select a cast member in the Cast window.

2.
If the Property Inspector is not currently open, choose Modify > Cast Member > Properties or click the Cast Member Properties button in the Cast window (Figure 2.53).

Figure 2.53. Click the Cast Member Properties button to open the Property Inspector.


The Property Inspector appears, displaying three or four tabs at the top.

The first tab is the Member tab, which contains the same set of generic properties for all cast members (Figure 2.54).

Figure 2.54. The Member tab for the Property Inspector.


The second tab varies, depending on the type of cast member selected, and contains a specific set of properties for that type. If you select a bitmap cast member, for example, this tab contains properties such as palette and bit depth (Figure 2.55).

Figure 2.55. The Bitmap tab in the Property Inspector.


The last tab is the Cast tab, listing properties of the cast that contains the selected cast member (Figure 2.56).

Figure 2.56. The Cast tab in the Property Inspector.


If you’ve selected a text cast member, there will be an extra tab between the second and final tabs. This is the 3D Extruder, which displays the properties of 3D text. You’ll find out more about this tab in Chapter 18, “Shockwave 3D.”

3.
Select the tab for which you want to set or view properties.

4.
Click the List View Mode button to select either List or graphical view.

List view (Figure 2.57) generally shows a more complete set of properties than graphical view, which shows only the most commonly used properties.

Figure 2.57. List view in the Property Inspector shows a more complete set of properties than graphical view.


5.
Make any necessary changes in editable properties.

6.
Close the Property Inspector.

The various cast-member–specific properties on the second tab are discussed throughout the book, in sections relating to the specific media type.


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