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Creating Shared Libraries

Flash makes it possible for teams of animators and developers to share common components of a complex project. Each animator might be working on a separate movie that uses the same symbol—the main character in an animated comic book, for example. An identical symbol of this main character needs to reside in the Library of each movie, and if the art director decides to change this character's face, a new symbol has to be copied to all the Libraries—that is, unless you create a shared Library. Shared Libraries store symbols that are commonly used among many movies. You can store the main-character symbol in a shared Library for all the movies to use. This simplifies the editing process and ensures consistency throughout a Flash project (Figure 12.1).

Figure 12.1. A shared Library (top) lets multiple SWF files use the same symbol.



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