you can adjust the framerate or, make it appear to users that you've adjusted the framerate, but that's not necessarily something that you would consider easy.
in as2 you can only adjust the basic framerate in the authoring environment. in as3, you can adjust the main swf's framerate using actionscript.
in both you can adjust the apparent framerate of any particular movieclip.
in neither is the an "auto" adjustment of your timeline(s).
Hmm, yeah, I was wondering if there was something a bit simpler that could be done than this even. I would like to try and keep action script out of the equation if possible.
It's just frustrating that this kind of adjustment can't be easily made within Flash. Every 3D program I've ever used does exactly what I'm suggesting here. If the framerate is chopped in half, all the frames reposition to their new, proper positions (so the animations all still look the same visually from a timing standpoint). And, of course, 3D programs also have a graph editor that makes scaling frames super easy to do.
I have spoken with the programmer I will be working with on UI about this matter. He believes he can control framerates in code, but I'm just surprised that there isn't an easier way to manipulate frames in Flash.
Kglad, on a separate note, I wanted to ask you if there was either a plugin that you knew of or just some general way to see a hierarchy within Flash? I know there's a basic hierarchy in between the timeline and the work area that appears when you dive deep into a movieclip's child layers. However, a better graphical representation of a hierarchy tree would be better (again, I'm thinking of the hierarchy trees seen in 3D programs).
you can use the movie explorer (window/movie explorer) to view (among other things) objects graphically.
Thanks for the help, kglad.
Sadly, the movie explorer doesn't help much. I'm wondering if that mainly has to do with the way I've set up my scene or if it's generally a relatively useless feature of Flash. Or, maybe just useless for my purposes.
Regardless, thanks for trying. Looks like there aren't really any solutions for my particular problems. I've even tried searching around for Flash extensions without luck.
If anyone else happens to have any insight on either of these things, please let me know!