Flash makes it possible
to add sound & animation to your website adding magic to web
Many client want two versions of a web site HTML & FLASH.
Following the simple steps below, you can quickly and easily
customize the Flash designs from
In this step you will edit the .FLA file to customize text
symbols. You will play the movie in Flash editor
step-by-step to find occurrences of symbols that you need
changed, select these symbols, switch to symbol editing
mode, enter your text, and switch back to movie editing mode
to observe the results of changes you made. The sub-steps
give a more detailed explanation to this:
Open the .FLA file .
Make sure the timeline is
visible and the movie is rewound to start (pink square
in the timeline ruler highlights frame 1). You can
rewind the movie by selecting Control>Rewind. Adjust
zooming by using View>Magnification.
Play the movie step-by-step by
using Control>Step Forward or typing '.' (a dot).
Search the scene for text that needs to be changed.
When you find the text you wish to
change switch to the Arrow tool (use Window>Tools to
display and hide Toolbox).
Make sure the needed text symbol
can be selected. Click it with Arrow tool and proceed
to the next step. If selection succeeded, a blue box
will appear around the symbol and a black cross will
be displayed over it.
Identify the layer to where the
text symbol belongs by making layers transparent or
displaying contents in contours. When you find the
needed layer select the key-frame in which the symbol
appears for the first time. The symbol should be
selected automatically. If one key-frame does not work
try successive key-frames - it does not matter from
which key-frame you start editing symbol.
Display Library Window by selecting
Window>Library and find the text you need by scrolling
through all symbols in the movie.
If you were able to select the
symbol click go to symbol editing mode by
right-clicking it and selecting Edit. If you located
the symbol in Library double-click on symbol icon.
When in symbol editing mode select
Text tool and click on scene to create a single-line,
auto-size textbox. Type and highlight text, make sure
the Character tab displays (if not, select
Window>Panels>Character) and match the text appearance
using options provided in the character formatting
When finished formatting text,
switch to the Arrow tool and select the text block.
Select Modify>Break Apart to transform text into
curves. This makes it impossible to edit text in the
future but playback becomes more robust on various
Finally, delete the initial text
block and drag the one you created in its place.
Return to movie editing mode by selecting Edit>Movie.
This step describes editing procedures for graphical
symbols. The process of locating symbols and entering symbol
editing mode was described in the sub-steps, so now we'll
start right from symbol editing.
- Right-click anywhere in the scene and select
Select All from the drop-down menu. Press Del to erase
the entire contents of symbol. You may want to make a
backup of your template prior to attempting to
introduce any substantial changes.
- Insert any external graphics you need via the
exchange buffer or by selecting File>Import….
- Return to movie editing mode by using Edit>Movie.
- When finished customizing text and graphics look
through the whole intro to make sure none of your
changes resulted in undesired effects (e.g. enlarged
elements obscuring others or extending beyond view).
You can use either HTML or Flash preview mode listed
in File>Publish Preview.
When you are satisfied with the appearance of your intro it is time to publish it so that animation can be used at your site. Flash publishes animation in files with .SWF format, which is not editable, so others will not be able to use your work. .SWF files are embedded in an HTML page much like .GIF or .JPEG files - with the help of a special HTML tag. However, the syntax is more complex, hence this tag is also responsible for timely download of flash player if one is needed (see Introduction to Flash).