Web Navigation in Flash MX

The Flash timeline is a masterpiece of interface design. Once a simplified take on the timeline in Macromedia Director, its expression in Flash MX is now just as feature-rich and powerful.

The shift towards object orientation kickstarted in Flash 4 helped that evolution a great deal. In earlier versions, almost all the program's interaction and animation capabilities were tied up in the timeline. Recent improvements to ActionScript and Movie Clips have taken away that emphasis, but this doesn't mean the timeline is no longer important. In fact, it's still a central element in the Flash interface, and knowing how to use it well is an essential skill whether you're creating sites in Flash or using it for animation.

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