Testing your animation is a lot like filing your income taxes. Both can be tedious,
time-consuming, and frustratingbut they've got to be done. Even if your animation is short,
straightforward, and you've whipped out 700 exactly like it over the past 2 years, you still
need to test it before you release it into the world. Why? Murphy's Law: Anything that
can go wrong will go wrong. Choosing a motion
tween when you meant to choose a shape tween, adding content to a frame instead of a
keyframe, tying actions to the wrong frame or object, or mistyping an ActionScript keyword
are just a few of the ways a slip of your fingers can translate into a broken animation. And
it's far better that you find out about these problems before your
audience sees your handiwork rather than after.
Throughout this book, you've seen examples of testing an animation using the Control
Test Movie option (for example, Figure18-5).
This chapter expands on that simple test option, plus it shows you how to test animation
playback at a variety of connection speeds. And if you've added ActionScript to your
animation, this chapter shows you how to unsnarl uncooperative ActionScript code using
Flash's debugging tools.
about the grandeur of the South's great plantation houses. Not many
realize, however, that in one small corner of Virginia, you can not
only visit a half-dozen such houses, but you can also stay in two.
And the area has more to offer. Follow Route 5 - which runs between
Richmond and Williamsburg - along the banks of the river that
hosted the first American settlers.
The men who
arrived here early in the 17th century were adventurers and loyal
to their homeland; hence the names given to the river (the James)
and the area (Virginia, for the virgin queen). Life here was not
easy. The ravages of disease and the threat from Indians delayed
the establishment of a permanent colony. Once tobacco was found to
be a profitable crop, plantations were established. These boasted
beautiful homes staffed by slaves. Many of these survive today,
offering an intriguing glimpse into America's
between Richmond and Williamsburg you will find one of the most
unusual and delightful bed and breakfasts anywhere.
829-2962, (800) 296-3343 or wmbg.com/edgewood, is at 4800 John
Tyler Memorial Highway (Route 5). The Gothic-style home was built
in 1849 for Spencer Rowland, who had recently moved here from New
Jersey. It was actually constructed on land that was originally
part of Berkeley Plantation, just across the road. Much of the
area's folklore centers around Edgewood's role in the Civil War.
The third floor was used as a Confederate lookout; here, rebels
spied on Union troops that were stationed at Berkeley. The ancient
gristmill ground corn for both armies. Legend has it that Jeb
Stuart once stopped here for a coffee break en route to Richmond;
he carried information for Robert E. Lee regarding the strength of
the Union forces. There is a sad story associated with Edgewood,
too. Rowland's daughter Lizzie died of a broken heart when her
lover failed to return from the war. Her name is inscribed on one
of the bedroom windows, but you may see a more ephemeral presence.
Don't worry; by all reports, she is a friendly
s noted in earlier volumes of this series, Bourke held many prejudices. He was contemptuous of blacks, and his comments on Jews sound chillingly like the dire predictions of
Joseph Goebbels in the twentieth century.1 In short, despite his
Irish heritage and Roman Catholicism, he was typical of mainstream white, Anglo-Saxon prejudices of his era. Some of his greatest vitriol was reserved for the Mormons. During a stopover in Salt Lake City in 1875, he went so far as to call Brigham Young’s wives “harlots” and “concubines,” and to question Young’s own faith. Believing that Mormonism could only exist in isolation and ignorance, he predicted that the Transcontinental Railroad would ultimately bring its downfall.2
Bourke’s route from the Hopi pueblos to Fort Apache carried him through Mormon settlements, where he and his party found it necessary to avail themselves of the hospitality of the Latter-day
Saints. In view of his earlier comments, his observations on these communities are remarkably mellow.