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Summary

This chapter turned out to be more like a workshop chapter and less like many of the earlier foundation chapters. That’s because components are more a feature of Flash than a language element of ActionScript.

The concepts you learned in this chapter included how components enable you to give the using author the ability to set initial values for any property, variable, or homemade property you specify. When you access the Component Definition dialog box, the Movie Clip magically turns into a component. From that point forward, each instance on the Stage maintains its own values for the designated properties. The using author can change individual instance properties through the Component Parameters panel. Additionally, if you go through the work to build a custom UI, you can use this Flash movie to effectively replace the Clip Parameters panel. Finally, for the using author, you can make a Live Preview file to display a component’s current values in context.


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