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Why use ActionScript to animate?

From: ActionScript 3.0 in Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics

Video: Why use ActionScript to animate?

In this chapter, we're going to talk about animating with ActionScript using the tween class. If you're following along, I'm in Dynamic _With_Events_Final.swf in the Chapter 2 folder in the Exercise Files folder. In this movie, we'll talk a little bit about why you'd want to animate using ActionScript tweens. Let's click on the Home button and see what happens. Background slides in and the page content kind of fades in after the background is done sliding in. Let's click the next page.

Why use ActionScript to animate?

In this chapter, we're going to talk about animating with ActionScript using the tween class. If you're following along, I'm in Dynamic _With_Events_Final.swf in the Chapter 2 folder in the Exercise Files folder. In this movie, we'll talk a little bit about why you'd want to animate using ActionScript tweens. Let's click on the Home button and see what happens. Background slides in and the page content kind of fades in after the background is done sliding in. Let's click the next page.

When you click another button, the page content fades out and then the whole background slides away. The new background slides in and once it's done sliding in, the new page information slides in. I'm going to click the About button, and the same thing happens. So I can go back and forth and watch all of these animations kind of slide in and slide out. Just notice that they slide in and slide out to different places depending on which button I click.

That's because they're all set up in one big movie and it's animating around, depending on which button I click. That's something you cannot do on the Timeline. When you use ActionScript tweens, you have access to dynamic animations and that's what we're going to create in this chapter. You also have access to a bunch of different easing methods that we'll look at as well. So let's learn how to do some ActionScript tweens.

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  1. 7m 53s
    1. Welcome
      2m 24s
    2. How to use the exercise files
      1m 11s
    3. Reviewing ActionScript 3.0 basics
      4m 18s
  2. 35m 12s
    1. Understanding the Display List
      1m 59s
    2. Using Display Objects other than MovieClip
      3m 19s
    3. Using the addChild method
      2m 27s
    4. Using the removeChild method
      1m 25s
    5. Referencing a Display Object by index number
      4m 53s
    6. Referencing a Display Object by name
      4m 1s
    7. Controlling Display Objects in different timelines
      3m 23s
    8. Controlling Display Objects in different movies
      3m 43s
    9. Using addChild to change parents
      4m 20s
    10. Understanding Stage vs. stage
      5m 42s
  3. 30m 3s
    1. Why use ActionScript to animate?
      1m 25s
    2. Understanding the Tween class
      4m 3s
    3. Using different easing methods
      4m 5s
    4. Understanding Tween Class methods
      3m 44s
    5. Responding to tween events
      2m 33s
    6. Using tweens to move a dynamic map
      6m 1s
    7. Making the map respond to tween events
      8m 12s
  4. 31m 2s
    1. Introduction to XML data
      2m 17s
    2. Understanding E4X syntax
      2m 5s
    3. Creating raw XML data
      4m 9s
    4. Loading external XML data
      2m 32s
    5. Using the XMLList class
      4m 6s
    6. Using XML data to load external images
      3m 21s
    7. Using XML data to create an image gallery
      5m 6s
    8. Displaying text from an XML file in your gallery
      5m 5s
    9. Adding tweens to your gallery
      2m 21s
  5. 39m 18s
    1. Reviewing packages and classes
      1m 7s
    2. Creating a template for class files
      3m 38s
    3. Defining a reusable class path
      1m 29s
    4. Creating a DisablingButton class from a template
      5m 34s
    5. Connecting classes to movie clips
      3m 15s
    6. Communicating between classes
      10m 20s
    7. Creating a ScaleButton class
      8m 29s
    8. Reusing a ScaleButton class
      5m 26s
  6. 26m 10s
    1. Preparing to build an advanced image gallery
      4m 13s
    2. Dividing the thumbnail into segments
      2m 2s
    3. Adding interactivity to thumbnails
      4m 36s
    4. Loading full-sized pictures
      3m 58s
    5. Creating an Image Gallery class
      11m 21s
  7. 29m 9s
    1. Understanding particle systems
      58s
    2. Creating particles
      2m 51s
    3. Animating particles
      1m 20s
    4. Randomizing particles
      3m 42s
    5. Setting a particle range
      3m 22s
    6. Defining a dynamic range
      1m 54s
    7. Controlling particle alpha and scale
      2m 23s
    8. Varying particle speed
      6m 55s
    9. Removing children to optimize performance
      2m 51s
    10. Using different particles
      2m 53s
  8. 22m 34s
    1. Understanding transitions
      1m 41s
    2. Understanding the Object class
      2m 58s
    3. Placing transition information in an object
      2m 21s
    4. Creating transition animations
      2m 13s
    5. Creating different types of transitions
      3m 28s
    6. Using undocumented transition events
      4m 4s
    7. Using transitions in an image gallery
      5m 49s
  9. 26m 11s
    1. Reviewing Flash video basics
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a resizable interface
      3m 53s
    3. Understanding cue points
      1m 58s
    4. Using XML for closed captioning
      2m 34s
    5. Connecting closed captioning to cue points
      3m 55s
    6. Creating an advanced navigation interface
      3m 4s
    7. Creating an AdvancedVideo class
      8m 15s
  10. 24s
    1. Closing remarks
      24s

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