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Sharing Library Symbols

Flash makes it possible for teams of animators and developers to share common symbols 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 symbol. There are two kinds of shared symbols: runtime shared symbols and author-time shared symbols.

Runtime sharing of symbols

In runtime sharing, one movie provides a symbol for multiple movies to use during runtime. This simplifies the editing process and ensures consistency throughout a Flash project (Figure 12.1).


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