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Components

Flash 5 introduced the concept of Smart Clips, reusable movie clips with prebuilt functionality and customizable parameters. Smart Clip functionality has been enhanced and fully integrated into MX, and is now known as components. The Components panel, as shown in Figure 1.6, is a library of commonly used interface elements, such as scrollbars and check boxes. With these elements at your fingertips, you can drag and drop functionality, such as a scrollbar onto a text field, as shown in Figure 1.6. After you add a component to a movie, you can easily customize the preset scripting parameters. Macromedia has already released two new component sets since MX was released; they feature interface elements such as tree menus, progress bars, and calendars. Many more components currently being developed promise to make advanced authoring even easier.

Figure 1.6. UI Components allow you to drag and drop functional, common interface elements.



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