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Hidden Power of Flash MX Components
Hidden Power of Flash MX Components
Animation Component Suite

The Hidden Power of Flash MX Components is an awesome book exploring the untapped potential of components in Flash MX, written by Scott Hamlin of Eyeland Studio and published by Sybex.

Sybex Eyeland Studio

My contribution to the book was a suite of five animation components and a chapter exploring their implementation in the Flash MX development environment.

This book is ideal for anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of Flash MX components.

The ingenious Brandon Williams also contributed to the book.

The Animation Component Suite includes the following Flash MX Components:

pond ripples Pond Ripples
The Pond Ripples component generates concentric geometric structures of colored discs. In many ways, this component is similar to the Parallel Bars component. One particularly interesting difference with this component, however, is the method in which the individual discs of the structure are animated. These discs breathe.

parallel bars Parallel Bars
The Parallel Bars component fills a region of space with dynamic, animated vertical bars. Each bar slides and switches positions the others in near continual, random fashion.

overlapping seeds Seeds
The Seeds component generates a seed pattern with natural, radiating configurations. The Seeds component uses the naturally occurring angle of 137.5 degrees to generate a computational structure of intriguing geometric form.

pebble star field Pebbles
The Pebbles component creates a computationally arranged field of simple graphic objects. It's general-purpose nature makes it a powerful tool in creating many diverse effects with minimal effort. By dragging a single instance of this component on the stage, an entire universe of self similar movie clips can be instantly generated.

concentric path Concentric Path
The Concentric Path component draws a random walking, concentric path. Starting from the outside, a single line works its way inward by following prescribed paths of a given radius. At random intervals, it drops one ring towards the center and, based on settings within the component, chooses to continue going in the direction that it was, or switches and heads back the other way. The result is a geometric construction similar to a maze or the artistic work of the ancient Mimbres people of North America.

See images of marvelous constructions you can assemble with these components.

These and hundreds of other components are available for download at Eyeland Studio.

The Hidden Power of Flash MX Components , paperback
372 pages | 1st edition (forthcoming) | Sybex | ISBN: x

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