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Flash 101 (part 5): Spiralling Out Of Control
Add interactivity to your Flash movies with built-in Flash Actions, and then use the new Flash Projector to distribute your movies to all and sundry.

| Dynamic Buttons |

By allowing authors to separate animation sequences into separate movie clip symbols, Flash makes it possible to add animation and interactivity to buttons as well.

In your existing Flash movie, create a new button symbol named "spiral-button", and insert an instance of the static graphic symbol "spiral-image" for the Up state (in symbol-editing mode). Next, insert instances of the rotating movie clip symbol "spiral-movie" for the Over and Down states. Finally, for the Hit state, draw a filled box which encloses the entire spiral - this identifies the active area of the button.

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Now, each time the button symbol receives a "hover" or "click" event, it will automatically activate and play the movie clip.

Go back to the Stage, and insert an instance of your new button symbol "spiral-button". Use Control -> Test Movie to view the movie clip - you'll see something like this:


Now, isn't that just dandy?

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