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Library View

The Library view is used to store elements such as animation, drawings, backgrounds and character models so as to reuse in different scenes and projects. You can also use the Library view to create and store symbols, as well as to store and import images and sound files.

To reuse elements from a scene in other scenes, you must create a template so that you can import it into different scenes. Templates can contain anything from a single drawing to a whole scene structure. You can create a template by creating it in a scene, then copying the elements you want in your template into a library. The resulting template is structured like a mini-scene that contains only the elements you copied into it. A template does not have any dependencies on the scene it was originally created in. Hence, it can safely be imported in any other scene.

Additionally, the Library view's Drawing Substitution panel allows you to quickly change the current frame's exposure to one of the existing drawings in a layer. This is especially useful for animating a cut-out character's mouths, hands, eyelids and other such body parts which typically contain several drawings to choose from.

Library View

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View Menu

The Library menu lets you access commands related to the Library view, importing .swf movies and Illustrator files, add a new folder, and refresh the library’s content.

 

Preview Window

The Preview window lets you see the content of the currently selected template or symbol in the Template/Symbol list.

 

Preview Playback

The Preview Playback button lets you play back the content of the selected template or symbol if it contains more than one frame. Press the Play button to play back the preview.

  Library Folder List

The Library Folder List displays all the folders linked to the Library view.

There are two default folders:

  • Symbols: This folder is the only folder containing symbols. You can organize it by adding subfolders inside.
  • Harmony Advanced Library: This is a default folder found on the hard drive in your user documents. This folder can contain templates, but no symbols.

You can link new library folders to the Library view and organize them with subfolders.

  Library Search tool

When working on a movie or series, you will probably end up with many templates and symbols in your library. Using the Search tool, you can quickly find the templates and symbols in your folders.

 

Template/Symbol List

The Template/Symbol list displays the templates or symbols contained in the selected library folder. You can display the templates by right-clicking the symbols’ thumbnails and selecting View > Thumbnails.