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30 Days of CS5: Text Layout Framework

The new Text Layout Framework (TLF) within Adobe Flash Professional CS5 aims to bring print-quality typography to the Web by adding full controls over columns, reflow, kerning, tracking and more. In addition, TLF allows you to control whether the text in your published document is read-only, selectable or editable.

TLF can be utilized one of two ways. First, by creating a page within InDesign and exporting the page as an FLA file. This file, once opened in Flash Professional, retains all of the typographic attributes of the original InDesign document and retains the editability of the original text.

The second path is to create text directly within Flash Professional. If you choose this route, be sure the Text tool properties are set to  TLF text instead of Classic text.

Graphic designers should feel at home with the new text options available in Flash Professional CS5, and, I suspect, that’s the point. Much of Adobe’s focus in the Web Collection suite is to make it easier for print designers to quickly get up to speed with Web publishing tools. The tight integration between InDesign and Flash Pro, the creation of Flash Catalyst, the Code Snippets panel in Flash and several features in Dreamweaver all aim to take the sting out of retooling for this new medium. These are most certainly welcome additions and point toward greater integration throughout print, Web and mobile publishing workflows and the increased need for content creators (photographers, videographers, designers) to be versatile by combining their core visual communication skills with at least a rudimentary understanding of each of the publishing platforms.


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