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Chapter 18. Drawing with ActionScript > Introducing The Flash MX Drawing Method...

Introducing The Flash MX Drawing Methods

Programmatically controlled drawing is a new feature in Macromedia Flash MX, implemented via the drawing methods of the MovieClip class. These methods, which enable you to draw using ActionScript, are simple in format. They can be insanely fun. (On the CD, check out play.fla, Keith Peter’s 3Dcube.fla, and test5.fla, as well as Millie Maruani’s api_flower.fla and api_cube.fla.) The drawing methods simplify tasks that previously required kludgy workarounds.


For instance, although you could make a drawing program with Flash 5, it is much easier with Flash MX. Sample movie mouseDraw.fla, found on the CD, implements a very basic drawing function in five lines of code!


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