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Using components to setup a form


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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics

with Todd Perkins

Video: Using components to setup a form

Now we'll take a look each using components to build a simple form. If you're following along, I'm working in 02_Component_Form.fla in the Chapter 07 folder in the Exercise Files folder. This file has two layers: actions and form elements. Let's select the form elements layer and choose Window, Components to open the Components panel. In the Components Panel drag a button component on the stage from the User Interface section. Also drag a label component on the stage.
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  1. 3m 30s
    1. Welcome
      1m 20s
    2. Getting the most from this training
      1m 20s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 15m 28s
    1. Managing digital assets
      4m 9s
    2. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      5m 1s
    3. Creating custom color swatches
      3m 41s
    4. Creating a custom template
      2m 37s
  3. 14m 38s
    1. Working with variables
      3m 41s
    2. Using functions
      3m 30s
    3. Working with events
      2m 11s
    4. Using event listeners
      2m 42s
    5. Working with arrays
      2m 34s
  4. 29m 41s
    1. Understanding dynamic text fields
      2m 37s
    2. Loading text from an external file
      6m 42s
    3. Reading HTML from a text field
      5m 29s
    4. Applying CSS with ActionScript
      7m 0s
    5. Applying external CSS to a text field
      7m 53s
  5. 45m 27s
    1. Masking dynamic text
      4m 59s
    2. Dragging the Scroll Bar
      7m 3s
    3. Calculating a scroll percent
      5m 20s
    4. Setting scroll boundaries
      4m 9s
    5. Connecting the ScrollBar to the text field
      2m 55s
    6. Easing the text with the ScrollBar
      4m 12s
    7. Scrolling the text with buttons
      2m 38s
    8. Animating the scrolling text with the buttons
      4m 26s
    9. Setting boundaries for the scrolling text
      4m 26s
    10. Easing the text using the buttons
      1m 37s
    11. Connecting the ScrollBar to the Scroll buttons
      3m 42s
  6. 20m 46s
    1. Organizing a complex object into layers
      1m 51s
    2. Duplicating MovieClips
      1m 29s
    3. Undocking the timeline
      1m 20s
    4. Animating a complex MovieClip
      4m 36s
    5. Creating an animated Hinge effect
      5m 13s
    6. Creating complex animations
      6m 17s
  7. 28m 1s
    1. Controlling objects with buttons
      4m 6s
    2. Understanding frame labels
      3m 25s
    3. Using buttons to navigate labeled frames
      2m 30s
    4. Nesting code within MovieClips
      5m 8s
    5. Adding sound to the application
      2m 34s
    6. Adding drag interactivity to the robot
      6m 1s
    7. Animating the dragged robot
      4m 17s
  8. 20m 3s
    1. Understanding components
      2m 30s
    2. Using components to setup a form
      3m 45s
    3. Setting up the form to send an email
      3m 38s
    4. Working with form variables
      6m 11s
    5. Skinning components
      3m 59s
  9. 27m 40s
    1. Using transparency in a video
      4m 16s
    2. Working with embedded video
      3m 38s
    3. Animating a VideoClip
      2m 53s
    4. Creating an advanced animation with video
      2m 40s
    5. Working with the bitmap data class
      3m 37s
    6. Working with the bitmap class
      1m 40s
    7. Copying the video to create a reflection
      1m 35s
    8. Reflecting the video
      2m 42s
    9. Enhancing a video reflection with a mask
      4m 39s
  10. 1h 38m
    1. Viewing the finished MP3 player
      1m 45s
    2. Understanding the project flow
      2m 52s
    3. Preparing to build the MP3 player
      5m 11s
    4. Understanding classes and packages
      5m 32s
    5. Creating the MP3 player class
      9m 59s
    6. Loading sounds from external files
      9m 20s
    7. Accessing ID3 tag information
      6m 11s
    8. Controlling sound playback with Play and Pause buttons
      11m 3s
    9. Changing tracks
      12m 1s
    10. Displaying the current volume
      9m 33s
    11. Changing the volume
      6m 40s
    12. Wiring the progress bar
      8m 4s
    13. Building the progress bar slider
      10m 4s
  11. 5m 36s
    1. Making Flash movies accessible
      1m 49s
    2. Adding a name and description to your Flash movie
      52s
    3. Accessibility and text fields
      2m 55s
  12. 12m 2s
    1. Understanding Flash Mobile
      35s
    2. Exploring Device Central
      1m 45s
    3. Updating Device Profiles
      1m 7s
    4. Creating a Flash file from Device Central
      2m 7s
    5. Creating and testing Flash Lite applications
      2m 48s
    6. Downloading the Flash Lite player for Windows Mobile
      1m 44s
    7. Getting a Flash Lite application onto your phone
      1m 56s
  13. 27s
    1. Goodbye
      27s

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Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics
5h 21m Intermediate Dec 06, 2007

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Through several hands-on tutorials, instructor Todd Perkins shows how to best build dynamic, streamlined sites using Flash CS3 Professional. Learn how to create custom keyboard shortcuts, apply advanced text techniques such as animating scrolling text with custom easing controls, and using advanced animation techniques. Flash CS3 Professional Beyond the Basics covers many challenging features, including adding complex interactivity to a Flash CS3 project and getting Flash content on a phone. Exercise files accompany the tutorials.

Topics include:
  • Customizing Flash CS3 and managing assets Working with ActionScript variables Understanding dynamic text fields Adding interactivity to dynamic text Animating a complex MovieClip Using buttons to navigate labeled frames Working with components Exploring advanced audio and video techniques Creating accessible Flash content Understanding Flash Mobile
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Todd Perkins

Using components to setup a form

Now we'll take a look each using components to build a simple form. If you're following along, I'm working in 02_Component_Form.fla in the Chapter 07 folder in the Exercise Files folder. This file has two layers: actions and form elements. Let's select the form elements layer and choose Window, Components to open the Components panel. In the Components Panel drag a button component on the stage from the User Interface section. Also drag a label component on the stage.

We'll also need a text area component and a text input component. Close the Components panel. Now we'll start aranging the components on the stage. Place the label component on the left side of the stage, and in the Parameters tab, change the Text value from Label to Name:, with a colon. Next set the autoSize value to right, to make the text field aline to the right. And that's good for our label. Move the text input component to the right of the label component and this will accept the user's name. You can resize a component just like you can resize a movie clip. Select the component.

Select the Free Transform, I pressed Q on my keyboard to select the Free Transform tool, and then scale the component. And you can hold Alt on the PC, Option on the Mac, to tell Flash whether to scale from the middle or scale from an edge. So we have a Name field. Now let's select both the Name label and the text input component. With both of them selected, I'm going to hold Option on the Mac or Alt on the PC, and click and drag those components down to create copies of the components.

I'm going change the Name label in the Parameters tab at the bottom of the screen to display e-mail. And this text input field will accept the user's e-mail address. I'm going to move the button component out of the way and I'm going make a copy of the e-mail label component, by selecting it and holding Option on my keyboard on the Mac, or Alt on the PC and dragging the component down and I'll change the component label in the Property inspector, instead of the e-mail to read Comments.

That's the text parameter in the bottom of the screen. Now I'll move the text area component to be aligned with the other components on the stage. And I'm going to resize it using the Free Transform tool holding Option on my keyboard on the Mac, or Alt on the PC to resize the text area. Now that I've sized that component, I'm going to put the button component below all the other text fields, and I'm going to select the button and change the label parameter at the bottom of the screen in the Parameters tab to display Submit.

Now if we want to be able to communicate with these text fields and buttons using ActionScript then we need to give these objects Instance Names. So I'm going to select the top text field and in the Property inspector, I'm going to give this text field an Instance Name of a name_txt. I'm going select the e-mail text field, and I'm going to give that an Instance Name of email_txt. I'm going select the comment's field and give that an Instance Name of comments_txt. And I'm going select the Submit button and give that component and Instance Name of submit_btn.

Once our components are named, we're ready to start adding ActionScript, to make this simple form send an e-mail.

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