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Flash ActionScripting for Designers: Controlling Timeline Playback

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In Flash, once a movie starts, it plays in its entirety until it either reaches the last frame of the last scene on the Timeline, or it is instructed otherwise. The only way to instruct Flash is through the use of ActionScript. Author James Gonzalez reviews the basic scripts you must learn to direct Flash to execute basic but critical project functions.
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In Flash, once a movie starts, it plays in its entirety until it either reaches the last frame of the last scene on the Timeline or it is instructed otherwise. The only way to instruct Flash is through the use of ActionScripting.

Controlling the Timeline

In this article, I review the basic scripts you must learn to direct Flash to execute these basic yet critical project functions, including scripts to stop and play timelines, scripts to jump to frame numbers and labels, and scripts using button events to trigger actions.

We will accomplish this through the completion of a basic project involving these important scripts.

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