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Chapter 15. Components > Components Overview

Components Overview

In Chapter 7, “The Movie Clip Object,” you learned how to think of variables contained inside clip instances as homemade properties because you access and change them using the same syntax (clip.property or clip.variable). This concept will help when you create components. The process involves specifying which clip variables (homemade properties) the using author can be initialize. An individual component’s initial values are set through the Component Parameters panel or the Parameters tab in the Properties panel (see Figure 15.1). Each component instance has a unique starting value for any variable, just as each instance of a clip can have different starting values for any built-in property. Call them “parameters,”“variables,” or “homemade properties”—they’re all the same. And, components are adjustable to the using author.

Figure 15.1. The author can specify variables uniquely for every instance of a component by using either the Component Parameters panel or the Parameters tab in the Properties panel.



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