Flash Tutorial - Add Text to a Document
Flash Basic 8 and Flash Professional 8 provide a variety of text features and options. This lesson introduces you to the three primary types of text you can add to a document. You can add static text for titles, labels, or other text content you want to appear in a document. You can also use input text options to allow viewers to interact with your Flash application?for example, to enter their name or other information in a form. The third type of text is dynamic text. You use dynamic text fields to display text that changes based on criteria you specify. For example, you might use a dynamic text field to add values stored in other text fields, such as the sum of two numbers. This tutorial shows you how to add text and text fields to a Flash document.
First, you'll open the start file for the lesson and set up your workspace to use an optimal layout for taking lessons.
- To open your start file, in Flash select File > Open and navigate to the file:
- In Windows, browse to boot drive \Program Files\ Macromedia\Flash 8\Samples and Tutorials\Tutorial Assets\ Text\Add Text to a Document and double-click text_start.fla.
- On the Macintosh, browse to Macintosh HD /Applications/ Macromedia Flash 8/Samples and Tutorials/Tutorial Assets/Text/ Add Text to a Document and double-click text_start.fla.
Note: The Add Text to a Document folder contains completed versions of the tutorial FLA files for your reference.
- Select File > Save As and save the document with a new name, in the same folder, to preserve the original start file and to preserve the file's link to dependent files.
- Select Window > Workspace Layout > Default to modify your workspace for taking lessons.
- In the Stage View pop-up menu, in the upper-right side of the Timeline, select Show Frame to view both the Stage and the workspace.
- In the Tools panel, click the Selection tool. Then in the Timeline, click the Static Text layer to select the layer you'll work in.
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