Why ActionScript 3.0?

With all the recent developments with 3rd party libraries being supported in AS3, I am still shocked to see people still asking the question “Why ActionScript 3.0?”.  I simply do not get it as AS3 presents so many more cons than pros.

It is almost as if ActionScript 3.0 is the monster in the closet that some people would rather just avoid then confront.   For those who have migrated over, we have found out that it is not the infamous monster in the closet.  Instead, it turned out to be a hanging sweater casting a monstrous shadow.

For those still asking themselves the question of  “Why ActionScript 3.0?”, check out this parody video on the topic.  Cracks me up every time!

Moving From AS2 to AS3: Creating Dynamic Masks

Dynamic mask objects have been key to many Flash project’s success. When it comes to migrating over from AS2 to AS3, you’ll find that things have changed as the method “setMask()” in AS2 is now a property called “mask”.  In this next edition of the Moving From AS2 to AS3 series, I will be comparing the two solutions and offering an efficient solution to creating dynamic masks using AS3.

Rotate A Banner With These XML Banner Rotators

Blades XML Banner Rotator by CrackerJack

With the constant birth of bloggers hosting their own blogs, XML banner rotators have become quite popular.  Banner rotators are an excellent way to showcase products, featured articles, or anything you feel that needs that extra attention.  I have compiled a list of Flash XML banner rotators that can provide an elegant solution to showcasing important news or content.  Enjoy!

A Glimpse at the New Timeline Controls in AS3

With all the changes that came with ActionScript 3.0, a few new Timeline properties were introduced with the hope that any Flash animator, designer or developer would come to appreciate. The lack of exact control or knowledge of where you area on the Timeline or scene gets a bit irritating when you do not want to stick with static frame numbers.

For example, let’s say you want to know the amount of labels within a specific MovieClip or simply would like to find out what the name of the last label of a specific MovieClip is. In ActionScript 2.0, this would be damn near impossible.