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Chapter 5. Symbols and the Library > An Overview of the Graphic Symbol

An Overview of the Graphic Symbol

The graphic symbol is the first symbol we will discuss because it is the most basic. Graphic symbols have a synced timeline. This means that when a graphic is rendered on the main timeline, if the graphic has several frames of animation, it will only play ahead if the timeline it is residing in moves ahead also. Also, ActionScript (which is discussed in Chapter 8, “Welcome to ActionScript 2.0”) will not work within graphic symbols.

When Should You Use a Graphic?

When you draw on the stage, you are creating primitive objects that will have to be rendered at runtime by Flash. Even groups are just several shapes, instances of symbols, or other groups all grouped together that will also have to be rendered at runtime.


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