Utilities & Miscellaneous Helper Tools
The following tools are Helper
Utilities, intended to enhance your drawing and editing capabilities.
Zoom ToolYou use this tool to zoom in for a close up look at your work, or you can use this tool to zip back out when you're done.
If you've used a Zoom Tool in other graphics programs, you're in for a bit of a surprise -- this tool works a little differently than expected! Like most of the tools in your Toolbox, the Zoom Tool has modifiers that control it's functionality:
Enlarge Sets the magnification to "+", which means the tool will enlarge the view of the target area (zoom in).Now it seems a bit unwieldy to have to use a modifier to use this tool. So let's take a simpler approach -- using the keyboard as a modifier!
Hand ToolFind scroll bars a little imprecise? The Hand Tool is just what you're looking for! The Hand Tool lets you drag the stage to just the position you want in the edit window. Use it by holding down the left mouse button to drag the stage; release the mouse button when done.
Let's see what other tricks are built in to the Hand Tool:
Other Viewing OptionsAs handy as it is, the Zoom Tool may not always do what you need. Fortunately, Flash MX offers us a range of other methods to alter our view of things.
The Stage View Magnification Popup Menu is located in the lower right corner of the Timeline, next to the Edit Symbols List. This menu offers predefined magnification levels:
View Frame Centers the stage, sized to available window space.The View Menu (located above the main button bar) offers even more options, as well as displaying short-cut keys for some of the more commonly used magnification options.
Hiding Toolbars and Panels SetsThere will be times when you need much more space to work in than allowed by the Toolbox and Panel Sets in Flash MX. Rather than closing them -- which then requires you to go through and reopen each element -- you can temporarily hide all toolbars and panels sets, with the exception of the Timeline:
Note: This feature can also be invoked via the View menu.
Edit General PreferencesThe last area we will look at in this lesson is the General System Settings & Preferences that can be set.
First, let's look at Preferences, accessible via Edit > Preferences:
While there are several windows of preferences that can be set, in most cases we will want to stay with the default settings..