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OK! Did you make it? I hope so. Now we'll proceed by creating the navigation menu in a Movie Clip. Remember, Movie Clips are independent timelines. They are not constrained by other timelines within your Flash movie. I feel this is a major stumbling block and sometimes hard for people to grasp but it's an important concept to understand. We'll build this layer by layer. Let's get into it!

Actions & Labels Layer:
  1. Create a new Movie Clip symbol and name it Navigation.
  2. With the symbol open for editing rename the first layer to actions & Labels.You'll be using this layer for actions and labels relevant to the entire timeline. (I like to make my work as easy to interpret as possible. Six months from now if I have to revisit the project or I want to use a portion of a project for something else, I want to be able to identify key areas of my work and be able to put myself right back into that same mode of thought that I was in before. I don't want to waste valuable time searching layers and keyframes for key items that made my creations work. This is especially valuable in a environment where someone else could be picking up your work at a later date or using it in their projects!)
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Added: 2000-03-07
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Jason Lampitt is an Interactive Developer for a major media development firm in Englewood, Colorado. He has a background in fine art as well as graphic design and has been developing multimedia titles for the past 6 years. Jason has a passion for bringing design to life through multimedia and helping others to understand the sometimes complex and confusing world of interactive development. In his spare time Jason is an active outdoorsman, mountain biker and family man.
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