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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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