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Q1: When I try dragging a symbol from my Library to the Stage, my cursor changes to the international “No” symbol. It used to work. Why not now?
A1: You can drag symbols from the Library onto the Stage provided you have an open layer into which to drop them. This happens because the current layer (with a pencil in it) is locked, the current layer is invisible, or the red current frame marker is in an interpolated frame (as discussed in Hour 8, “Using Motion Tween to Animate,” and Hour 9, “Using Shape Tween to Morph”). You'll also see more about layers in Hour 11, “Using Layers in Your Animation”.
Q2:Libraries seem like they can save a lot of time and keep the movie sizes down. Is there any way to use these benefits among several files?
A2: As a matter of fact, Flash has a powerful feature called Shared Libraries. You'll create and use shared libraries in Hour 22, “Working on Large Projects and in Team Environments.”
Q3:I dragged a symbol from the Library onto the Stage and then made a visual change to the master version of the symbol. When I returned to Scene 1, I was in a different file! I selected the movie in which I was working from the Window menu, but now the instance of my symbol onstage is the same as before I edited it! What's wrong?
A3: The Library can sometimes fool you—in this case, by letting you drag a symbol from one file's Library into another file. The Library window will turn a darker gray when it is a Library from a different file. If you open the Library and then start a new file, the first file's Library will remain onscreen (and turn darker gray). However, it's the Library from the first movie (each movie has one Library of its own). If you drag symbols from one movie's Library onto the Stage of another movie, Flash copies the symbol into the new file's Library. If the new file already has a symbol of the same name, Flash displays an intuitive “Resolve Library Conflict” dialog box. If you just keep the Library closed at all times, you won't run into problems. Also, consider saving your movies as you work because the title bar of the Library will contain the file to which it's linked.
Q4:Using the Transform tool I can modify the axis of rotation for any one instance on stage, but what if I plan to use the same symbol and want each one to rotate around its top-left corner instead of the center? Is there a better way than using the Transform tool on each instance?
A4: Yes. When you use Convert to Symbol, the Symbol properties dialog box includes a registration option—from which you pick one of nine default axis points. You'll still need to rotate each instance individually, but the default rotation axis will be adjusted as you want. By the way, if you didn't think of setting the registration when you first created the symbol, you can still go inside the master version and move the contents relative to the “plus” (the default axis). Just realize that any instances already onstage will shift position accordingly.


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