The first thing you need to do when you want to create a new game or Web site is to create a new movie. To do so, use the File pull-down menu and select New. A menu appears allowing you select the type of document you want to create. This menu has several templates available as well as some new choices that we will see throughout this book. For now, select the first option, Flash Document. This creates a new file with the .fla extension. This is a Flash source file, which is your primary file type for using Flash. The new movie you just created contains
It is often more
The most important area to you is called the stage. This is a
Figure 1.3: The stage is where all the action happens.
The stage is where you can actually see your creation coming to life. You can place art (when you have some available) on the stage and move it around. You can
There is a gray area
Another important panel is called the Tools panel, or Toolbox. Use the Windows pull-down menu to
Figure 1.4: The Tools panel allows you to select and manipulate objects on the stage as well as create original art.
The Tools panel is useful for creating art within Flash, but before we do that, we need to create a new object to hold our art. Use the Insert pull-down menu and select New Symbol. You should see a dialog box as in Figure 1.5, with the
Figure 1.5: The Create New Symbol dialog box is used to create new objects and art assets.
Change the name from Symbol 1 to ball and click OK. This action has created a new movie clip and opened it for editing. Now it's time to draw some stuff.
Look back at the Tools panel and click on the white circle with the black outline. This is the Oval tool, and it is labeled in Figure 1.4. If you move your mouse over the stage, you'll see that your pointer has turned into a crosshair. Click and drag with the mouse and create a small circle. When you release the mouse button, the circle is drawn on the stage. Now look at the top of the stage. You should see two icons with text that look like Figure 1.6.
Figure 1.6: The top of the stage has icons that represent different
is in bold because you are editing it. Now click on the Scene 1 icon. This
You've created a movie clip called ball that contains a black oval on a white background. The new clip has been saved for you and exists as a symbol in your library.