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Working the Timeline

The Timeline in Flash Pro is best envisioned as a strip of movie film. On that strip of film you can see individual frames, and as the playhead moves across the frames they're shown sequentially so that images appear to move. As noted in Chapter 1, the frames can be keyframes (including blank keyframes) or regular frames (simply called frames). The keyframes contain images, and the frames between the keyframes have the in-between images to fill in the changes in object position, thus creating smooth animation.

Animation Is Always an Option

Of course, you're not required to have animated objects in the keyframes; Flash Pro can be employed as a tool for developing general Web pages or sites. For example, you can use keyframes to place different pages in a menu-driven application. However, the main purpose of using the Timeline is animation, and this chapter focuses on creating different types of animation.



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