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element. Grouped elements can be ungrouped by accessing a context menu
with a right-click and choosing Ungroup Elements. Both functions can also be
accessed under the main Modify menu.
On the other hand, if you convert one or more elements into a symbol, the
various components or elements contained in the symbol are encapsulated and
can no longer be directly selected on the Stage. The symbol now appears as a
single layer in the Elements panel. The individual components of the symbol will
only be displayed in the Elements panel by double clicking on the symbol. This
can be useful for very complex object combinations.
Figure 3.28
Grouping elements through a right-click
context menu
There are two other advantages of symbols. On one hand, each symbol has
its own Timeline separate from the Stage that can be started and stopped inde-
pendently. This means it is easy to create asynchronous animations and interac-
tivity. More on this topic can be found in section 4.5.2.
Figure 3.29
A symbol can also be used for grouping
The second advantage is that symbols can be reused. Once you create a
symbol, it is listed in the Library panel under the Symbols section. A symbol defi-
nition in the Library is a blueprint for your group of objects that you can reuse in
your project as often as needed. For example, you can create page templates or
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