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SWiSH Max4 now allows the line stroke color to be Solid, Gradient or Image. Previous versions of Max only allowed the use of a Solid stroke color. These new options provide a wide range of creative possibilities.
Have you ever wanted to insert multiple frames into the time line to extend an effect for multiple objects?
After some searching in the help manual, I found that it is possible. To insert multiple frames, use the right mouse button to select the position and number of frames you want to insert. On releasing the button you are presented with the context menu which allows you to Insert (or Delete) multiple frames.
The video below demonstrates this process. Note that the mouse click and drag is done with the right (not left) mouse button.
One of the more powerful features of SWiSH Max3 (and Max2) is the availability of the Content Library. (Sorry, the Library is not available in miniMax products.) The Library allows various Resources to be shared across multiple objects in your movie. Not only does this reduce the size of your movie (i.e. it will load faster), it can also simplify editing changes to your movie since editing the single library resource will cause the change to be reflected in all of the objects that link to this common resource.
If your .swf movie loads external movies or files, those files can be added to the dependencies palette so that they are added to the .exe and are available when the movie is played. For more information, see the help file.