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Some Final Tips

Before we begin our script work, let me provide some useful tips I have learned from my years of working with students on their Flash projects. Following these tips consistently will help demystify your script work:

  • Always label your button and movie clip instances.
  • Check scripts early and often, preferably after writing each new line.
  • Use tools such as the Pin active script and the Scene Selector breadcrumb above the Timeline (refer to Figure 3) to keep track of where you are in the Flash hierarchy and which script you are currently working on.
  • Start your script writing career by using working scripts "borrowed" from others (start with mine here!) and modify them to suit the specific needs of a project.
  • Get a good guide so you can keep learning. Flash QuickPro Guide, Macromedia Flash 8 Advanced for Windows and Macintosh: Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual Quickpro Guide) published by PeachPit Press is popular with my students. I also like the Flash ActionScript for Designers: Drag, Slide, Fade (paperback) by Brendan Dawes.
  • Scripting can, in its own way, be very creative! Have fun with it and practice, practice, practice.

For more information about writing and using ActionScript in your Flash projects, be sure to visit the Flash tutorials section of my web site.

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