5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 17, 2012 10:52 AM by jbowden

    symbols independent from timeline?

    Rainer Michael

      is it possible to place nested animations/symbols independent from the main timeline? is seems that they are glued to the 0:00 starting point - other than non-symbol assets...

       

      thanks in advance.

      ram

        • 1. Re: symbols independent from timeline?
          resdesign Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Each symbol has its own timeline that you can play when you want. Just check off autoplay in the symbols.

          • 2. Re: symbols independent from timeline?
            Rainer Michael Level 1

            hi there and thanks for the reply.

             

            what i meant is: i cannot drag my symbol to  - lets say - 2:00 on the main timeline and make it appear and run from there. that is possible with the other assets (text, pics) but not for symbols?

             

            thanks!

            • 3. Re: symbols independent from timeline?
              resdesign Adobe Community Professional & MVP

              You can check "ON" for visibility at that place on the timeline and play the symbol from there. Check off autoplay in symbol.

              sym.$("symbolName").play();

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              • 4. Re: symbols independent from timeline?
                elainecc Adobe Employee

                Hi, Ram-

                 

                Symbol instances have location parameters just like any other element on the stage.  In order to get your symbol to show up in a particular location, you need to either drag your symbol onto the stage and place it there.  It sounds like what you're doing is using code to instantiate your symbol, which means that it defaults to the upper left hand corner of the Stage.  If you are creating your symbol via code, you will need to define a location for it based off of CSS properties using the jQuery handle.  So your code might look something like this:

                 

                var newSymInstance = sym.createChildSymbol("mySym");

                newSymInstance.getSymbolElement().css("left", 250); // changes the x value

                newSymInstance.getSymbolElement().css("top", 250); // changes the y value

                 

                Hope that helps!

                 

                -Elaine

                • 5. Re: symbols independent from timeline?
                  jbowden Adobe Employee

                  Hey ram,

                   

                  The way to do this without writing any code is using display Off keyframe at time zero, turning off autoplay on the symbol definition (both as resdesign mentions), and then adding a Play playback action to the symbol on the main timeline at 2:00 as well as a display On keyframe.

                   

                  Once that is done, the symbol will not be displayed or play back until 2:00 into the timeline.

                   

                  hth,

                  Joe