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Playing an Animation

In addition to moving the playhead in the Timeline to view your animation, commonly called scrubbing, Flash provides a controller to navigate the Timeline. The Controller resembles the transport controls on a VCR and can be used in the same way. Additionally, you can export your Flash document into a Flash movie (a .swf file). You do this to see your Flash movie in its final state as there are some elements that are not viewable in the Flash Development environment, such as animations contained in movie clip symbols and ActionScript functionality. To preview basic animations from their own Timeline, you can use the Controller to preview them.

Use the Controller to Play an Animation

Click the Window menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Controller.

Click Stop to stop the animation.

Click Rewind To Beginning to rewind to the first frame of the animation.

Click Step Back to step back one frame.

TIMESAVER Press the < key to step back a frame.

Click Play to play or stop the animation.

TIMESAVER Press Return (Mac) or Enter (Win) to play if stopped or to stop if playing.

Click Step Forward to step forward one frame.

TIMESAVER Press the > key to step forward a frame.

Click Go To End to fast-forward to the end of the animation.


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