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Flash CS4 All-in-One For Dummies® by William B. Sanders, Doug Sahlin

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Chapter 5. Pushing the Panic Button — Help!

In This Chapter

  • Summoning help

  • Updating Flash

  • Finding and installing Flash extensions

  • Joining the Flash online community

Flash is a multifaceted software application. You can use it to create animations, multimedia presentations, interactive applications, and much more. You might say that Flash is vast: If it had only 50 percent of its current features, it would be half-vast. But even a half-vast program can present stumbling blocks. Your first line of defense is this book. Suppose that you're working in a client's office, though. Faced with an insurmountable problem, you don't want to whip out a For Dummies desk reference, so you can always resort to using the Help information supplied with the Flash application. It doesn't have any traces of the authors' charm and wit, but it provides help, and fast.

In this chapter, we show you how to summon Flash Help. We also show you how to use the other goodies lurking on the Flash Help menu. And, if you're a communal kind of Flash designer or developer, we show you the way to the Adobe online forums. Something for everyone, a Forum tonight.

Pushing the Panic Button — Help!

Getting By with a Little Help from Flash

Flash can stump you when you least expect it. You may be working away, merrily drawing vectors and shapes and symbols and adding interactive snippets of ActionScript when Murphy (the guy who wrote the law) rains on your parade. ...

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