The Seeds component creates an arrangement of movie clips in a spiral
radiating pattern, a form often seen in nature. The geometric pattern
is constructued with a well known, yet not entirely understood,
rotational technique. Simply put, each new graphic object is placed
adjacent to the last at precisely 137.5 degrees. The resulting formation
consists of several nested spirals, their components enumerating
the sequence of the Fibonacci series (1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21,
The Seeds Component also allows the setting of color, internal and
external radii, seed size, and a special 'breathing' behavior.
|To use the Seeds component (it must first
be installed), drag an instance of it from the Components Panel in
Flash MX to the stage. Change the component's properties by first
selecting it, then adjusting the settings through the custom user
|The following are all the properties of
the Seeds component:
|Outer Radius, Inner Radius
The outside and inside radii of the seed arrangement. All seeds will
be placed between the outer and inner radii.
Outside Seed Scale, Inside Seed Scale
These set the scale of the seeds at the outside and inside of the
arrangement. Individual seeds are exponentially scaled within a range
of sizes defined at both the outside and inside of the arrangement.
Color Mixing Chaos
This percentage determines to what extent the colors in the Color
Points array will be mixed when applied to the seeds.
This value controls the depth of breaths each seed takes. Larger values
produce more exaggerated breaths. A value of 0 produces seeds that
do not breathe at all.
This percentage is used to mix up the times that seeds take their
breaths. A value of 0 creates a seed arrangement with seeds that breathe
simultaneously, while higher values create a seed arrangement with
seeds that breathe further and further out of sync.
Show Build Process
This Boolean value determines if the construction of the seed arrangement
is shown as it happens or after it has completed. If this value is
set to True, the seeds are placed one at a time, starting from the
outside edge. If it is set to False, the seed arrangement is instantaneously
constructed and shown all at once.
|The Hidden Power of Flash MX
Components , paperback
372 pages | 1st edition (forthcoming) | Sybex
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