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Chapter 22. Components > Using Built-in Components

Using Built-in Components

In Flash 5, Macromedia introduced Smart Clips, which were designed as a way to create animations with parameters. Smart Clips are movie clips with parameters assigned. By adding actions and scripts, you could create radio buttons, menus, and other elements that responded to mouse clicks. In Flash MX, this capability is taken to the next level with the introduction of components.

The problem with Smart Clips was that although they were beneficial in terms of your being able to create animations that helped with sharing information, reusability, and the all-important workflow, what they lacked—and was quickly picked up by Flash professionals—was the fact that they did not fit into the object-oriented framework of ActionScript. With ActionScript generally heralded as the best thing to ever happen to Flash, this was a major problem for many developers.


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