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Introduction

In the area of the Web, where new programs are released every month, few received such acclaim as the release of the MX version of Flash. Macromedia topped that with the recent release of Flash MX 2004, and Flash MX Professional 2004. Flash MX Professional 2004 was created with the advanced Web designer in mind. The Professional version of Flash includes all the features of Flash MX 2004, including several powerful new tools. It provides project management tools that allow for the optimization of the workflow between the members of a Web team. In addition, a Screen-based visual development environment makes designing Flash applications simpler. Add to that, the ability to export Flash movies directly into the FLV (Flash Video File) format, advanced video features, enhanced application binding components, and improved sound management, and you have a program suited for the most demanding of Flash designers.

Flash MX Professional 2004 lets you create two different types of screens within the active document: slide screens and form screens. A slide presentation, uses the slide screen, and a Flash form application uses the form screen as the default screen type. If you're creating a Flash document with a combination of slides and form screens, you have the ability to mix both screen types within a single Flash document. When you work with screens, you're creating complex applications without the use of multiple frames and layers on the main Timeline. As a matter of fact, screen applications can be created without ever viewing the main Timeline. When you create a slide or form screen document, Flash opens the document with the main Timeline collapsed, and the addition of slides of form components is accomplished using a control dialog box, located to the left of the document window.


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