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Part II: Members In Detail > TEXT AND FIELD MEMBERS

Chapter 4. TEXT AND FIELD MEMBERS

IN THIS CHAPTER

Using Text Members

Using Field Members

Knowing When to Use Text and Fields

Using Font Members

Using 3D Text

Source movies for this chapter can be found on the CD-ROM in the “Book Movies” folder under folder 4.

Director 8 uses two types of text members. One is simply referred to as a text member and the other is called a field. Fields have been around in Director for a long time. Text members are relatively new, first appearing in Director 5, and undergoing significant improvements in Director 7.

Until Director 7, the difference between text and field members was clear: Text members are anti-aliased, use fonts without requiring that those fonts be present on the user's system, and are not editable; whereas fields use the user's system's fonts, are not anti-aliased, and are editable.

Since Director 7, text members have the capability to be edited. This blurs the line between text and field members. Differences, however, still exist, and there's definitely good reason to use field members whenever possible.


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