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Chapter 12. Interactivity with Simple Fr... > Using Frame Labels and Comments

Using Frame Labels and Comments

Some actions call for you to specify a frame of your movie—when you want Flash to jump to a new location or to get information from a frame, for example. You can always refer to frames by number, but it's often safer to refer to them by label. That way, if you later add or subtract frames or move them around, you won't have to respecify the frame number; Flash will always find the frame by its label name. For frames that are not the target of an action, it may be more useful to add a comment that describes what's going on at this point in the movie. You can label a frame or attach a comment to it but not both. You add labels and comments through the Frame panel.

To label a frame:

1.
In the Timeline, select the frame that you want to label.

2.
Access the Frame panel.

3.
In the Label field, type a name for this frame (Figure 12.15).

Figure 12.15. Enter text in the Label field of the Frame panel to label a selected frame.


Do not include spaces in frame labels.

4.
In the Timeline, deselect the frame.

In the Timeline, a little red flag appears in the labeled frame. If there's room before the next keyframe, the text of the label appears as well (Figure 12.16).

Figure 12.16. A red flag in the Timeline indicates a frame that has a label. Flash prints as much of the label as fits in the keyframe unit.



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