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Using the Timeline

In the Timeline, you have five size options for viewing frames and two options for previewing thumbnails of frame contents. A Flash movie may contain hundreds of frames; the Timeline's scroll bars enable you to access frames not currently visible in the Timeline window. You can also undock the Timeline so that it floats as a separate window and resize it to show more or fewer frames. Flash 5 gives you two options for viewing frames in the Timeline (see the sidebar "The Mystery of Timeline Display"). Except where noted, the pictures and descriptions in this book are for Flash's default frame-drawing style. Figure 8.1 shows the Timeline for a movie with one layer and 15 frames.

Figure 8.1. Similar to an interactive outline, the Timeline represents each frame of your movie. Click any frame, and Flash displays its contents on the Stage. Flash 5 offers two style for drawing keyframes in the Timeline. The Flash 4 Frame Drawing style (top) gives visual cues for blank keyframes; Flash 5's default style (bottom) doesn't.



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