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Adobe Flash Professional CS5 : Working Within the Flash Environment - Setting General Preferences

5/30/2013 3:49:51 AM
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Flash allows you to set general preferences to customize the way you work in the program. You can specify what you want to display or open when you launch Flash. Some of the preferences allow you to specify the number of undo levels, enable multiple selection, show tooltips, open documents and test movies in tabs, enable span-based selection in the Timeline, make the first frame of each scene in a document a named anchor, and select a specific selection highlight color for different element types, such as drawings, groups, and symbols. You can also set Project preferences for closing and saving project files. In Flash, the Preferences dialog box is reorganized with new categories and options for ease of use, such as having have Flash open a new document tab instead of opening in its own window.

Set General Preferences

1. Click the Flash (Mac) or Edit (Win) menu, and then click Preferences.

2. Click the General category.

3. Select from the following options:

  • On Launch. Select an option to specify which document opens when you start the program.

    • Welcome Screen.

    • New Document.

    • Last Documents Open.

    • No Document.

  • Undo Levels. Select Document or Object-level Undo, and then enter a value from 2 to 300 to set the number of undo/redo levels. The default level is 100.

  • Open Test Movie In Tabs. Select this check box to have Flash open a test movie in document tab.

  • Auto-Collapse Icon Panels. Select this check box to automatically collapse the panel set to Icons only.

  • Shift Select. Select or deselect this check box to control the selection of multiple elements.

  • Show Tooltips. Select to display tooltips when the pointer points to a button or control.

  • Contact-Sensitive Selection and Lasso Tools. For the object drawing model, select to select objects when any part of the marquee touches it. Clear it to select objects that are completely enclosed by the marquee. Points within the selection will be selected.

  • Show Axes For 3D Movie Clips. Select to show axes for 3d movie clips.

  • Span Based Selection. Select to use span-based selection instead of frame-based selection.

  • Named Anchor On Scene. Select to make the first frame of each scene in a document a named anchor.

  • Highlight Color. Select the Use Layer Color option to use the current layer’s outline color, or select the option, and then select a color for Drawing objects, Drawing primitives, groups, symbols, and other elements.

  • Printing (Win). Select the Disable PostScript check box if you have problems printing to a postscript printer.

4. Click OK.

For Your Information: Setting Drawing Model Options

You can draw shapes in Flash using two main drawing models: Merge Drawing and Object Drawing. Merge Drawing model automatically merges shapes that you draw when you overlap them. If you select a shape that has been merged with another, and move it, the shape below it is moved too. For example, if you draw a square and overlay a circle on top of it, and then select the circle and move it, the portion of the square that overlaid the circle is removed. Object Drawing model allows you to draw shapes as separate objects that do not automatically merge together when overlaid. This lets you overlap shapes without altering their appearance should you choose to move them apart, or rearrange their appearance. Flash creates each shape as a separate object that you can individually manipulate. When you select a shape created using the Object Drawing model, Flash surrounds the shape with a rectangular bounding box. You can use the Pointer tool to move the object by clicking the bounding box and dragging the shape anywhere you’d like to position it on the Stage. You can now extend the Object Drawing mode by creating primitive rectangles and ovals in Primitive mode, which allows you to edit properties in the Property Inspector and specify the corner radius of rectangles and inner radius of ovals. This makes it easy to create pie wedges, round off corners, and other shapes.

 
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