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Actions and ActionScript

ActionScript first made its appearance in the Macromedia Flash 4 version. It grew up in Flash 5, and now in Flash MX, ActionScript has gained additional functionality to make it truly an object-oriented programming language. Macromedia not only added many new actions and functionality to ActionScript in the Flash 5 and Flash MX releases, but it also gave ActionScript a face lift by reworking the syntax to be similar to JavaScript. If you are familiar with JavaScript, I hope you are smiling. If you are not familiar with programming of any kind, fear not—new users can easily create script to add the interactivity they need to their movies.

Features of the Actions Panel

ActionScript can be attached to a keyframe in the Timeline or to an object on the Stage through the Actions panel (see Figure 7.4).


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