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Introduction

Components are composed of two elements: a movie clip and parameters, allowing you to modify the components appearance and behavior. Components run the gamut from a radio button to a scroll pane. Components equalize the designer's playing field: enabling anyone to build complex applications, even if they do not have a complete understanding of the ActionScript language. And as easy as it is to simply drag the component you need from the Components panel onto the Stage, it is just as easy to customize the look and feel of components to suit your design needs.

Components let you easily and quickly build strong applications with a consistent appearance and behavior. Each component comes with predefined parameters, located in the Component Inspector panel, which let you control how the object looks and operates. Each component also includes a set of API (application programming interface), methods and properties that allows you to set parameters and additional options at runtime. This is typically accomplished by adding the scripts to Frame 1 in the Flash Timeline. It is said that Flash components finally allow for the separation of coding and design.


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