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Chapter 1. The Flash Editor > About the Timeline

About the Timeline

If you think of your Flash movie as a book, the Timeline would be its interactive table of contents: Each scene is like a chapter, each frame is like a page. Imagine that you could point to Chapter 10 in the table of contents, and the book would flip open to the first page of that chapter. In Flash, when you click a frame in the Timeline (or when the playhead enters a frame), that frame appears in your document window.

A Flash movie is much more complex than a book, of course. Each movie "page" may actually be several transparent sheets stacked one on top of the other. Flash keeps track of these "sheets" in what it calls layers. And the whole "book" appears to be in motion as you move through the table of contents, with some unseen hand flipping the pages.


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