Below the stage is the Properties window which allows you to edit a limited number of properties for either the movie as a whole or for the selected object(s).
At the left of the stage is the Toolbar (aka Tool Palette or Tool Frame).
On the right of the stage are additional windows.
At the top of the windows on the left and right of the stage, there are double arrow icons. For the Toolbar, clicking this icon will toggle the display between one or two columns. On the right hand side, clicking the icon collapses or expands the panels. In addition, most panels can be dragged and placed directly on the screen or docked in another location. You can save configurations via
Window / Workspace / Save current...
Built-in F1 Help
In all other Windows applications, the help is provided in a separate window. This way you can use Alt-Tab to quickly switch windows. (Maybe this is really a Mac application.)
Actually, F1 is a toggle ... press it again to hide the window. (I figured this out after using Flash 2 weeks.)
The work around to remove the highlights is to click Clear (next to the Search button), then click on any other page, then click back on the page you want to read. Kludgee.
By the way, this is a Adobe Flash CS3 problem ... Adobe Photoshop CS3 does not have these problems
|Allows you to move one or more objects and to change properties via the properties window, no handles are displayed
|Free Transform Tool
|Displays resize and rotate handles
|Gradient Transform Tool
|Displays gradient handles - this is hidden beneath the Free Transform Tool ... click and hold (wait) to see it
|Allows you to select objects by drawing a curving line over them
With Adobe Flash, when you draw a rectangle, it ALWAYS has a black border. I spent over an hour trying to get rid of that - disabling the border color both before and after drawing the rectangles. I guess I'm a little dense, but it took more than an hour before I realized that the black border goes away after I draw another object. This behavior is different than any other application I've used.
Mouse/Keyboard Short Cuts
After drawing an object, you can manipulate it without first selecting a transform by using the Ctrl and Alt keys to modify the mouse cursor.
Stretch the straight borders of a rectangle into curved lines
Select multiple objects
However, if the Selection Tool is active, then Ctrl-Drag copies the object
|Copy an object
Add a point to the straight borders of a rectangle and stretch the line to create 2 straight lines
|Drag the desktop
When drawing objects or using tools
|Makes the height and width the same - use this to draw
circles and squares
With the Pencil Tool, draw vertical and horizontal lines
With the Pen Tool and Line Tool, draw vertical, horizontal, and 45 degree angle lines
With the Eraser Tool, erase vertical and horizontal lines
When dragging the Paint Bucket Tool, create vertical, horizontal, and 45 degree angle gradients
|Double the height and width of the object
|Do NOT use the keyboard in Gradient Transform mode - It usually crashes the program and you will loose any unsaved changes.
Be sure to use the Spelling Checker.
Use Ctrl-Enter to view movie.