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Linked Scripts

I want to mention the topic of linked scripts here because it fits very well with the other topics mentioned this hour. Remember all the ActionScripting you did in the Actions panel? Anything you can type in that panel can be stored as text in a text file. Let me just show you how it works.

The options arrow in the Actions panel allows you to “Export as File…” any code you've created in Flash. You can also copy and paste from Flash's Actions panel into a text editor. Flash happens to be a convenient place to create ActionScript—it colors your text and has easy-to-use parameter drop-down menus, for example. But because Flash is almost identical to JavaScript, you may likely find that a third-party text editor will do almost as well. You can create a text file full of ActionScript by simply typing by hand into a text editor. It isn't terribly important how you get your ActionScript into a text file, but that's the first step to using linked scripts.


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