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Chapter 10. Production Techniques > Exploiting Flash MX 2004 Features

Exploiting Flash MX 2004 Features

In the last two revisions, Flash has grown up to become a formidable development environment. It really pays to take the time to learn how the newer features can save you time. Every minute you spend learning a new trick will pay back in hours of time saved down the road. The following sections cover some of my favorite newer features and what they mean to your productivity.

Find and Replace

It sounds so innocuous, but the new Find and Replace feature is a super time saver. On the one hand, you should strive to keep your files simple and—if nothing else—modular. A big complex file is difficult to update, troubleshoot, and can also negatively affect performance. On the other hand, there are times when the nature of your project requires lots of discrete elements. For example, you may need to import hundreds of small icon graphics. If you were displaying large images, you would probably want to look at loadMovie() to import at runtime— but importing many small items is best handled in one swoop. Find and Replace provides a slew of hidden gems that avoid repetitive tasks.


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