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Using the Movie Explorer

In order to get a bird’s-eye view of your whole Flash movie, you can use the Movie Explorer panel (Option-F3 for Mac, Alt-F3 for Windows). You will notice that the Movie Explorer is very similar to the Script Navigator, which is included in the bottom-left side of the Actions panel. While the Script Navigator allows you to jump from one piece of ActionScript code to another, the Movie Explorer can display all the code in your movie at once. Moreover, the Movie Explorer tracks all the elements of your movie, not just ActionScript code, and it will take you directly to a particular ActionScript, graphic, or frame you want to modify. The Movie Explorer panel can selectively represent the graphical components of a movie and provide information about frames and layers, as well as show ActionScript assigned to buttons, movie clips, and keyframes. The display list is organized hierarchically, letting you see the relationships between various elements (Figure 12.35).

Figure 12.35. A typical display in the Movie Explorer shows various elements of the movie in an expandable hierarchy.



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