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In this article, learn about the text tool, experiment with a few texteffects, and find out all about a new type of Flash symbol: the button.

  1. Flash 101 (Part 4): Don't Touch Me!
  2. The Write Way
  3. High Fidelity
  4. Breaking It Down
  5. Fade Out
  6. The Button Man
  7. Click Me
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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January 10, 2001

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There is an important point to be noted here, related to your usage of fonts within your Flash movie. Typically, the fonts that you use are embedded within the Flash movie, so that they appear correctly in the user’s browser; this adds to the file size of the final .SWF file, but ensures maximum fidelity when the movie is played back.

The alternative here is to use Flash’s in-built "device fonts", generic fonts in the "sans", "sans-serif" and "monospace" font families. These fonts are named _sans, _sans-serif and _typewriter in the font selection box of the Character panel, and using them can substantially reduce the size of your Flash file. The downside: since these fonts are not embedded within the file, the Flash player will "approximate" to the most similar font found on the user’s system, and display text in that font. Obviously, this means a loss in fidelity, since text in the final Flash movie may look completely different from the original.

To use device fonts, check the "Use Device Fonts" option in the Text Options tab of the Character panel. You’ll also see a check box below that marked "Selectable" – check this if you’d like the user to be able to select the text as it appears in the final Flash movie.

Finally, you can link text blocks to Web site URLs – simply enter a URL into the URL field on the main Character panel. Here’s an example:

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