Flash Designer is similar to PowerPoint. Each animation consists of one or more frames. By default the animation starts at the first frame, and goes from frame to frame until it reaches the end of the animation. Then it starts over.

To set movie size

The frame size is defined in pixels. Choose "Frame" > "Frame Size" and enter new width and height.

To set frame duration

To define how long the frame will appear on the screen choose "Frame" > "Frame Delay" command.

To add a new frame

Choose "Frame" > "Insert"

To change the active frame

Click the frame in the "Frame List". Frames are labeled "Frame 1", "Frame 2", etc.

Use PageDown, PageUp keys to scroll between frames. Press Ctrl+PageDn to go to the last frame, press Ctrl+PageUp to go to the first frame.

To rearrange frames

To change the order of frames, select the frame in the "Frame List" and click move up or move down buttons:

To change the background

Choose "Frame" > "Background Color" and select a new color.

To add "Next Frame" and "Previous Frame" buttons

When the user clicks the button the movie will scroll to the next or to the previous frame. To add navigation buttons choose "Insert" > "Navigation" and select "Next" or "Previous" command.

Master Frames

Master frame and its items act as the background for other frames. For a simple document a single master frame is usually sufficient, for complex documents you can create multiple masters.

Master Frame Example. Three laptops will appear on all frames:

Master Frame

Frame 1

Frame 2

To create a Master Frame

Choose "Movie" > "Add Master Frame" and place shared objects on this frame. The frame will appear in the frame list as "Master Frame (1)"

To set a Master Frame as the background

Create a master frame, then select the frame to have the master background and change the background to "Master Frame"


To stop the animation at specified frame choose "Stop" in the "Frames" toolbar.

Frame Loop

To change the default flow, you can specify a jump to other frame. To set the loop choose "Frame" > "Loop..." command.

Frame Appearance

To change frame background choose "Frame" > "Background Color", "Border Color" and "Border Width" commands.

Transparent Frame (No color)

Choose "Frame" > "Background Color" and check "No Color" option. The background should change to "chessboard" to indicate transparency, so other website elements will appear beneath the animation. You have to embed the swf file in "windowless" mode.

See also: Starting Flash movie at a frame