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Chapter 10. ActionScript > Hacks #74-85

Hacks #74-85

ActionScript adds true power to Flash. Without ActionScript, Flash can create only linear animation. With a little ActionScript, you can create basic navigation via clickable buttons and hotspots. Learning more advanced ActionScript techniques gives you access to features such as creating a local shared object (colloquially known as a "Flash cookie"). Without ActionScript, you cannot create Flash sites that communicate with the browser, exchange data with server-side applications, or download MP3 files.

Many new features in Flash MX 2004 and Flash MX Professional 2004 are implemented on the assumption that the developer knows ActionScript. Even features that assume no coding experience, such as Behaviors and Timeline Effects, can be implemented in a much more structured and flexible way if the developer has some knowledge of ActionScript.


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