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Chapter 4. Text

Chapter 4. Text

What you'll learn…

The different types of text elements

Creating and working with text elements

Using font symbols to make movies more dynamic

Although graphics are great, by themselves they can't always convey our message—at least not quickly and clearly. Often, we need text to eliminate ambiguity. For example, a picture of the sun can indicate any number of things—heat, nuclear energy, the solar system—but put the word summer next to it, and your message is suddenly clear. In Macromedia Flash, your text can slide in, fade in or out, grow or shrink; it can even explode if that's the effect you desire. Although it's not a full-featured word processor by any stretch of the imagination, Flash lets you format text in a number of ways, allowing you to set margins, kerning, line spacing, and many other attributes.

You also can use text elements to display text that never changes, called static text, or to accept user input. You can even display HTML-formatted text that's been loaded from an external file. And if you're really feeling adventurous, you can create animation effects using nothing but text; we'll explain how at the end of the chapter.

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