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In this article I will explain how Flash Panels fit into the grand scheme of extending Flash MX 2004. We'll also discuss some of the benefits and pitfalls you may encounter when using Flash Panels in your day to day work. Through this tutorial, you'll create your very own Flash Panel to control the rotation of Movie Clips on the stage using standard Flash MX 2004 components, a hefty sprinkling of ActionScript and some tips and tricks along the way. I hope you'll come away from this tutorial feeling empowered to create your own Flash Panels, and to explore the capabilities and possibilities of Flash MX 2004 - and your own mind! Before we set out on this extensibility trip, let me point out a couple of resources that will be invaluable in your pursuit of Flash Panel excellence: Flash MX 2004 JavaScript Dictionary: An invaluable bible that contains nearly all the Flash ... (more)

The NumericStepper Component

Perhaps one of the easiest components to overlook in Flash MX 2004 is tucked away in the UI Components section of the Components Panel, and carries the uninteresting name NumericStepper. Perhaps you're developing experimental effects and require on-screen controls to alter dynamic feedback within those effects. Maybe you're building complex forms that allow users to quickly select numerical data. Either way, it's time to cast your eye over the NumericStepper component. Let's look at an example. All the dynamics of the movie pictured below are controlled with instances of the Num... (more)