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About ActionScript

Originally released in Macromedia Flash 4.0 and further developed for subsequent editions of the Macromedia product, ActionScript is the primary means of accessing an object within a composition and controlling it based on events. ActionScript is considered to be a form of object-oriented programming, which is a form of programming specifically geared toward manipulating objects rather than general data. This makes it perfect for such tasks as Web animation. Interestingly, ActionScript is also based on ECMAScript, which makes it very close to JavaScript and, as a result, highly accessible to Web designers familiar with scripting.

Adobe LiveMotion 2.0 introduces its own brand of ActionScript, based on ECMA JavaScript as well. In LiveMotion 2.0, JavaScript is used to add scripting to compositions. Upon export, the JavaScript converts to ActionScript code. In doing this, it becomes less of a burden on designers, and this is another reason scripting in LiveMotion 2.0 is so accessible.


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