Step 1: Why?
1) When I tried to learn flash, I had to search everywhere to find tutorials.
2) There aren't any that I can find here.
3) It's fun and good practice.
4) I have nothing else to do.
There. Do you feel informed now? Empowered because I did something you wanted me to do? Good. You'll get less frustrated later during debugging(if you need it).
Step 2: Getting Started
The program that I will be using is Flash CS3, which you can't get a demo for, but can buy at many places online.
The last type that I know is Flash MX, which I have no idea where you could get, except downloading it illegally*.
*Note: Illegally downloading software is a crime, and should not be done. That said, I take no responsibility for what you do. Ever. Nada.
P.S. For those who don't know, you WILL get a fine when you are caught. Just don't do it and save yourself the trouble.
Step 3: First Things First
Then, you need to open a new document. Make sure that it is ActionScript 2.0, and not 3.0.
You should get a new screen with a white box in the center. That is good. We can work with that.
Step 4: Making a Movieclip
Step 5: Programing
Go to Window -> Actions. This will open up the ActionScript programing panel. Make sure that you have selected your symbol. What you have to program is in the picture below, so you can't just copy and paste, you actually have to type it out and learn it a little.
Step 6: Meaning
This means every time this frame is entered and this movie clip is present. So if the frame rate is 12, whatever is in the brackets will happen 12 times a second.
This means that when the right arrow key is down, the movieclip will move to the right five pixels.
The same thing happens with left, up and down, using the x,y coordinate grid.
Step 7: Testing
Thanks for reading! If you have any comments or suggestions, they would be greatly appreciated.