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Chapter 2. Getting Started

Chapter 2. Getting Started

What you'll learn…

How Flash works

What's new in version 5

The parts of the interface

Options and settings

Setting movie properties

One of the great things about Macromedia Flash is that it's not rocket science. With a little practice, you can be well on your way to creating fun, interactive movies. In the first part of this chapter, we'll help you gain a basic understanding of the way Flash works—a few simple concepts, without which you won't get far. Then we'll take a look at some of this version's many enhancements. Lastly, we'll let you get your feet wet with an interactive tutorial that helps you create your first Flash movie.

By the time you finish this chapter, you'll have mastered the basics you need to work through the rest of this book. Keep in mind, however, that you're building momentum as you go: Don't get discouraged if you get hung up somewhere down the line. It's impossible to become a Flash master overnight—especially with all the new features Macromedia has crammed into this update.


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