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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

1.
Click the Window menu, point to Toolbars, and then click Controller.

2.
To stop the animation, click Stop.

3.
To rewind to the first frame of the animation, click Rewind To Beginning.

4.
To step back one frame, click Step Back.

TIMESAVER Press the < key to step back a frame.

5.
To play or stop the animation, click Play.

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

6.
To step forward one frame, click Step Forward.

TIMESAVER Press the > key to step forward a frame.

7.
To fast-forward to the end of the animation, click Go To End.


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