This chapter covers the following topics:

  • How to control movie playback

  • What the display list is, and why you should care

  • How to manipulate items on the display list

  • How to create new display items from Library symbols

  • How to load external images and SWF files

  • How to animate display items

  • How to live long and prosper

(Just kidding about that last one—you'll want a self-help book for that.)

This chapter is all about performing cool visual feats with ActionScript. If you're from a design background, that's no doubt music to your ears after the last two and a half chapters of techno-babble. If you rather liked all that geeky, highly technical stuff, the good news is that there's enough of that in this chapter to keep you ...

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