25 July 2010
Classic text is the name for the older text engine in Adobe Flash Professional. This classic text engine is still available in Flash Professional CS5 but has been replaced by the newer TLF text engine. In most cases, you will want to use the new TLF text. If you have existing content that contains classic text or existing workflows that require classic text, use these Help sections for information about working with classic text.
You specify whether an individual text object on the Stage uses the Classic or TLF text engine by selecting the text object and then choosing the desired text engine in the Text Property inspector.
Note: You can change the text engine used by a text object at any time. For information about converting classic text to TLF text, see Converting between classic and TLF text in the Flash documentation.
When using classic text, the icon and placement of the text field handle indicates the type of text field selected in the Property inspector:
You can include classic text in your Flash applications in a variety of ways. You can create text fields containing static text, which you create when you author the document. You can also create dynamic text fields, which display updating text—such as stock quotes or news headlines—and input text fields, which allow users to enter text for forms or surveys.
To learn more about working with classic text, see the section titled Create and edit text fields in the Flash documentation.