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Based on your description it sounds like you are using a dynamic textfield... they will not animate properly unless you embed the font. If this text will not be changing, then just change the textfield to a static textfield (via the properties panel).
As far as stopping it, create another layer in the timeline for actionscript, and add a keyframe at the very end where you want it to stop. Select that keyframe and open the Actions panel (Window ->Actions) and enter the following command as shown here: stop();
Thanks Ned, that was very helpful.
A follow-up quesstion:
I figured out how to import a graphic to the stage and how to get the graphic to fade out over a few seconds using a tween with a brightness effect that brings it to 0 brightness. How do you get the picture to fade in,so start at 0 brightness and go to a point where it shows the picture?
Thanks - Eric
Convert the image into a graphic symbol or movieclip symbol if you want to animate it.