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Using Dynamic Text Fields to Display a Preloader Message

Seminar 8, “Using Components in a Macromedia Flash Form,” introduced editable text fields, both input text fields and dynamic text fields. This seminar takes dynamic text fields to the next level by using them to display information dynamically. Dynamic text fields are different from input text fields because they allow for text responses based on the various interactions or when the movie progresses to a certain point in the Timeline. In the case of the preloader, you can use dynamic text fields to display a message telling how much of the movie is loaded and have it con-stantly update and show the progression of the movie loading into the end-user’s machine. The key to using this type of an editable text field is to name it with an instance name. As a named object, it can be called and controlled through ActionScript (see Figure 9.14).

Figure 9.14. Most of the Option settings for a dynamic text field are the same as an input text field.



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