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Seminar 2. Setting Up the Macromedia Fla... > The Macromedia Flash MX Environment

The Macromedia Flash MX Environment

As with any new application, to successfully use it, you must understand the application environment. Which tools and features do you have at your disposal to begin to develop a movie? Flash MX is no different. This seminar focuses on the various features and tools of Flash MX to get you familiar with the application environment. You will customize the Flash environment to begin to build the workshop project that you will develop throughout this book.

When you first launch Flash MX, it opens into a new blank document or movie. As mentioned in Seminar 1, “Macromedia Flash MX and Web Site Development,” this new release of Flash has a redesigned interface composed of new and old features of Flash. Each feature, tool, and panel has its own functionality and use for Flash development. The Flash MX environment is made up of these major areas: the Timeline, the Stage and work area, the Property Inspector, panels, and the toolbox (see Figure 2.1).


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