Flash Script – Flash MX Dragable Rubber Band Effect

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1. Start by creating a movie that has the dimensions: width=400 and height=50.

2. Create a mouse pointer.

3. Now, convert the mouse pointer to a movieclip, name it "pointer", then give it an instance name of "pointer".

4. Using the text tool, type "RUBBER" — it should appear as shown in the movie above.

5. Select the text and convert it to a movieclip. Name it "rubber", and give it an instance name of "rubber".

Now, double click the text movieclip to go into its timeline.

6. Create a new layer, and name it "Button".

8. In the button layer, create an invisible button.

9. Apply these actions to the button:

on (rollOver) { 
 _root.pointer._visible = true;
on (rollOut) {
 _root.pointer._visible = false;
on (press) {
 _root.pointer._visible = true;
 _root.flag = true;
 _root.elas = false;
on (release, releaseOutside) {
 _root.pointer._visible = false;
 _root.flag = false;
 _root.elas = true;

10. Go back to the main timeline (i.e. scene1) and in the default keyframe, insert the action:

//make the pointer invisible 
pointer._visible = false;
flag = false;
elas = false;
//start width is width of movieclip
startwidth = 100;
//mvwidth is width of movie
mvwidth = 400;
function setwidth()
 if(flag) {
   width = mvwidth - _xmouse
   width = width + 100
   rubber._width = width
   iws = rubber._width
   elastic += (startwidth - rubber._width);
   elastic *= .4
   rubber._width += elastic;
//this acts as a timer it calls the setwidth function  
every 50 milli seconds

Finished! Now, test the movie!

Georgina LaidlawGeorgina Laidlaw
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Georgina has more than fifteen years' experience writing and editing for web, print and voice. With a background in marketing and a passion for words, the time Georgina spent with companies like Sausage Software and sitepoint.com cemented her lasting interest in the media, persuasion, and communications culture.

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