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I am using Blender 2.66 and a newbie I was working on a tutorial which is with the 2.5 version. And I am unable to find the Action editor in version 2.66 while trying to animate a walk cycle. Had it gone? or otherwise can use any other way? Please help. Can the NLA editor do what can be done with the action editor?

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The Action Editor is a mode of the Dope Sheet

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The Action Editor can be found while in the Dopesheet view ( ShiftF12) as one of its modes.

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Can the NLA editor do what can be done with the action editor?

I sense you are thinking of it as an alternative so I say not exactly or plain no.., these are two separate views that serve different purposes though the Action Editor is somewhat of a more detailed view of what you work with in the NLA Editor. The relevant wiki pages offer a more detailed explanation, Action Editor, NLA Editor.

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