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Chapter 1. Why Flash? > Interactivity

Interactivity

Humans find few things as captivating as movement and interaction. As kids, a butterfly or a favorite animated show could hold our attention for hours. And while few of us enjoy staring at a rock, we could watch time and again a cartoon in which a rock was being obliterated by all kinds of explosions. We all like to provoke a response with our actions. Flash allows you to create this type of experience for users—one that's directly tied to the creativity you've expressed in producing your own interactive offering.

With Flash, you can create interactivity that makes your movie display data, print information, play sounds, take users to different points in your movie, and react to mouse events. In addition, users can drag around and manipulate elements of your movie. You can also create unique games or complete Web applications with built-in logic, and your movie can move along at a predefined pace or follow a path defined by viewer input. You can even incorporate HTML-based text and functionality (Figure 1.5). The final touch, though, is Flash 5's new scripting language. Offering capabilities that rival or even surpass those found in JavaScript, it provides users with control over a wide range of features (including cursor, object color, etc). Your movies will now do more; your users will have greater control; and the experience you provide will likely be unforgettable.


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