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Author: Joe Fouts | Website: http://www.saydesign.com/

Easy as Pie? That of course depends on your perspective. Some might say the same and proceed to tell you that it's 3.14159 & whatever. But this really is easy if you are familiar even in the least with Flash.

1. First of all, go ahead and create a new fla.

2. Next create two new symbols, each as a movieclip. Draw whatever picture you want in each of them. Then put an instance of each on the main timeline. Name the first one's instance "ship" and the other, call it "enemy"

3. Now in some situations you will have these clips moving by themselves, but in this case, for beginners, we will only move "ship" and leave enemy where it's at. So in order to move this "ship" movie, we are going to use the startDrag function.

4. Select the first frame of your movie, and open the actions window for that frame. And enter the following code:

startDrag ("_root.ship", true); 

In order to do that you will select the startDrag option under "Actions" and in the target section you will enter: _root.ship

Then you will select the "Lock mouse to center" box.

Ok, so now if you test your movie, you should be dragging your "ship" movie around. If not, then please review the previous steps, because if you don't... the rest won't work.

5. Now in your "ship" movie insert another frame and enter a stop action in the first frame, so the movie won't go any farther, until notified. In the second frame, draw an exploded ship graphic.

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2001-02-02
Rating: 6.06 Votes: 62
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Joe Fouts is an affillitate of Say Design. He has extensive experience in both Flash 4 and 5. His objectives are to expand his programming knowledge and help others to do the same.
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