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Macro Media Flash MX Tutorial

Macro Media Flash MX Tutorial

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Flash MX Tutorials
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Acknowledgments

Director: Erick Vera
Producer: Wayne Wieseler
Writing: Jody Bleyle, JuLee Burdekin, Mary Burger, Dale Crawford, Marcelle Taylor
Instructional Design: Stephanie Gowin, Barbara Nelson
Editing: Rosana Francescato, Lisa Stanziano, Anne Szabla
Multimedia Design and Production: Aaron Begley, Benjamin Salles, Noah Zilberberg
Print Design and Production: Chris Basmajian, Caroline Branch

First Edition: February 2002

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER 1
Introduction to Flash MX Tutorial... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .5

What you should know.. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. . 5 View the completed movie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Analyze the stiletto.fla file. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Define properties for a new document and create a gradient background. . . . . . . . . . . 12 Create and mask vector art. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Tween bitmap effects within a movie clip. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Load dynamic text at runtime.. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 36 Add animation and navigation to buttons.. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 40 Add streaming and event sounds.. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 45 Organize your Library panel. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Test download performance and publish the movie. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 48 The next steps.. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 52

CHAPTER 2
Introduction to ActionScript Tutorial.. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... ..53

View a completed movie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Initialize the movie. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Save and retrieve information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Display information in a dynamic text box. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Write an expression. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 64 Control the flow of the movie.. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 66 Create commands and reuse code. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Use a built-in object. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73 Test the movie.. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 75 The next steps.. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 77

CHAPTER 3
Introduction to Components Tutorial.. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... ..79

Types of components.. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 79 View the completed form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 Create a form. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80 The next steps.. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .. ... .. .. .. .. ... .. 90

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