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Chapter 1. The Flash Authoring Tool > Understanding Flash Basics

Understanding Flash Basics

The way Flash works—in terms of installing the application, creating new documents, closing documents, and saving files—presents nothing unusual to the experienced computer user. The Flash installation software guides you through each step of the installation process, and the procedures for launching the application and creating and saving documents are all standard. Because the Macintosh OS 9, OS X, and Windows platforms offer users a variety of ways to organize their computers and workflow—such as using shortcuts (Windows), using aliases (Mac), and creating your own hierarchical setup for storing applications and data—it’s impossible to cover all the ways you might set up and access files on your computer. But here are the basics of setting up Flash.

To install Flash from a CD:

Insert the Flash MX CD.

The Flash MX CD icon appears on the Desktop.

Double-click the CD icon.

A window, containing the Flash MX installer, appears (Figure 1.1).

Figure 1.1. The icon of the Flash MX installer.

Double-click the installer icon.

The installer window opens to a splash screen for Flash MX (Figure 1.2).

Figure 1.2. The opening screen of the Flash MX installer software.

Click the Continue button.

The installation software walks you through all the necessary steps for installing Flash. The installer asks you to read and accept a licensing agreement and to tell it where to place the working software on your system. Don’t forget that you need the serial number to install the program. Keep that serial number in a safe place; you will have to reenter it should you ever need to reinstall Flash.



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