Why you will need guides (in Flash and otherwise) at some point.

So I’m putting together this Flash-based tool for our user conference. I have 6 different buttons that will bring up 6 different lists in the same area.  When I test, they’re jumping around.

Let me say I’m relatively new to Flash, so I don’t know the tricks yet. I’m eyeballing the placement of these lists. I’m frustrated. I’m wondering how all those other Flash-type people do it. I’m thinking they’re smarter than me.

Then it hits me. Guides. Turn on the guides. Line up the lists using guides. I do so, and everything lines up nicely.

I then proceed, for five seconds, to pat myself on the back.

Bottom line Why: Because someone’s probably already gone through the issue you have, there’s nothing wrong with getting a little help.

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