The Parallel Bars component creates an array of sliding bars with
special settings to control behavior, size, and range of color. In
the example above, two Parallel Bar components have been placed one
above the other.
|To use the Parallel Bars component, drag
an instance from the Components Panel of Flash MX to the stage. Change
the properties by first selecting the instance, then adjusting the
settings in the custom user interface.
|The following are all properties of the
Parallel Bars component:
|Region Width, Region Height
The width and height of the area to be filled with bars, measured
Bar Thickness, Bar Thickness Variation
Bar Thickness is the maximum width of each bar, measured in pixels.
Bar Thickness Variation is the percentage of variation in that thickness;
a value of 0 forces all bars to be the same width. A Bar Thickness
Variation value of 100 randomizes each bar's thickness within the
maximum set by Bar Thickness.
The frequency with which the bars change position, measured in milliseconds.
The lower this number is, the faster and more chaotic the bars' movement
A percentage that introduces randomness in almost every aspect of
the bars' movement. A higher number causes more unpredictable, chaotic
movement, while a lower number causes smooth, more rhythmic movement.
The speed with which the bars actually move on the screen. A value
of 1000 causes the bars to move so fast that they seem to blink into
their next position. Low values cause gentle, sweeping movements.
A percentage that controls the differences in speeds between the individual
bars. A high number produces bars that move at all kinds of different
speeds, while a low number generally keeps the bars moving at the
Enable Collision Detection
Setting this Boolean value to True causes the bars to bounce off of
each other while moving. Setting it to False allows the bars to move
freely, often over and under other bars.
|The Hidden Power of Flash MX
Components , paperback
372 pages | 1st edition (forthcoming) | Sybex
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