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Introduction

In Flash MX 2004 you can create editable text fields for use as static display text or to implement dynamic text objects with the Text tool. In the program's text menu, as well as the Property Inspector, there are a number of attributes to choose from such as Font type, size, color, indentation, and orientation. Also included are familiar letterform formatting procedures for kerning, tracking, and anti-aliasing. Because text fields are editable, you can change any text attribute—as well as the content in the text field—after it is created.

Use the Break Apart command to break editable text fields into shapes and edit them with any of the selection tools or pen modifiers. This is especially useful for creating new font forms and it also allows you to implement shape tweening. Create dynamic text fields that can be updated from a text file on a server or some other source using ActionsScript. In Flash MX 2004 you can now configure the Find and Replace feature to target text contained in specific elements in your Flash document and swap these out with new entries from the built-in Macromedia dictionaries or from a personal dictionary you create yourself. Find and Replace makes navigating the text in large complex files much simpler. Other new features include new implementation of Cascading Style Sheets for consistent HTML text formatting and the new built-in Spell Checker for enhanced productivity.


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