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Getting to Know Flash CS5: The Default Properties Panel

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Getting to Know Flash CS5: The Default Properties Panel
As in previous iterations of Flash, the Properties Panel is where you do the majority of the configuration work for tools, animations, and objects - but in CS5, there are a few adjustments. As part of the orientation to CS5, let's take a look at the default Properties Panel: what we see when we open a new document and have neither tools nor objects selected.

In this case, this makes the Properties Panel into the Document Properties panel, which displays the file name and lets you change the default properties of the stage, timeline, etc. In categorized order, from top to bottom, the options are:

Publish

  • Player: Displays the version of Flash Player used when publishing the document.
  • Script: Displays the version of ActionScript used to code the file.
  • Class: Either displays the Document Class definition or lets you enter / edit a new one.
  • Profile: Displays the publishing profile of the document. This is the entire set of options governing how the file is published, and different profiles have different sets of options. You can change from the Default profile by clicking "Edit," which opens a window to let you either select another profile or edit individual options.
  • AIR Settings: Clicking "Edit" opens the options for content distribution using the Adobe AIR platform.
  • ActionScript Settings: Clicking "Edit" opens options for Script type, exporting frames, errors, paths, document class, etc.
  • Properties

  • FPS: Lets you define the frames per second for the movie, either by using the slider or by entering a new number.
  • Size: Displays the width and height of the stage in pixels. Clicking "Edit" lets you change the dimensions.
  • Stage: Displays the color of the stage background. Clicking the color swatch lets you change the color.
  • SWF History

  • SWF History, Log / Clear: This is actually an under-appreciated aspect of the Document Properties. This tracks the date, time, and file size of each instance in which you published an SWF or an SWF preview. You can call up a full log, or clear the existing log. More importantly, you can see when recent changes caused a spike in file size; the SWF history will even display a warning when the size changes significantly.

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