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Components Revealed!

In Flash 5, Macromedia extended the functionality of movie clips by allowing designers to create smart movie clips. A smart movie clip is a movie that has properties that can be set from a panel. This allowed nonprogrammers to customize the behavior of a movie clip.

Smart movie clips were a step in the right direction and proved beneficial in many projects. However, although smart movie clips behaved like lightweight components, they were more like band-aids rather then functional components. It was also difficult to combine object-oriented concepts within smart movie clips. Like the round hole and square peg, OOP and Smart clips just didn't connect well.


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