Zooming and Scrolling the Stage
While working on your movie, you may find it helpful to zoom your view of the Stage in and out ( Figure 9.7 ). The zoom level of the Stage is not saved with your movie file and does not affect the way the movie looks when it's distributed.
Figure 9.7. You can zoom in and out when working on the Stage. Here is the same scene at 50 percent, 100 percent, and 200 percent.
When you zoom in the Stage, you can scroll to unseen
To zoom in or out:
To scroll the Stage:
To hide or show the Stage's scroll bars:
Using Grids and Guides
Director allows you to place a grid on the Stage for help in aligning
Figure 9.10. Placing a grid on the Stage can help you align sprites.
Sometimes you need to align sprites to a specific position on the Stage that doesn't coincide with a grid line. In this case, you can add custom guide lines, much like those in a page-layout program, and align sprites to them ( Figure 9.11 ).
Figure 9.11. You can place guides wherever you need them on the Stage.
All of the controls for the grid and guides are on the Guides tab in the Property Inspector. (If the Guides tab isn't available, click
Figure 9.12. Use the Guides tab in the Property Inspector to adjust settings for both guides and grids.
The grid and guides are visible only in the Director application; they don't show up in distributed versions of your movie.
To show or hide the grid:
To configure the grid:
(All of these settings are done in the Grid section of the Guides tab in the Property Inspector.)
To add a guide to the Stage:
To reposition a guide on the Stage:
To lock or unlock guides:
To toggle snapping to the grid or guides:
To change the