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Author: Joe Jabon

Creating the slider

Part 1: Create a button
The first job will be to create a slide controller. To do this, we will be embedding a button instance inside a movie clip (to create a dragable button) and then embed that movie c lip in another movie clip (to create the slider). Here's how it's done.

Note: The following steps should be not performed on the main timeline stage, but from within the library in edit symbol mode.


First, open the library and create a button symbol and name it button body. A small square (about 30 x 30) will do just fine.

Note: Size is not the issue at this point, but make sure that you center it to the stage!


While you're here, add over and down states the button and change the fill color of each.

Part 2: Create a drag button
Next we need to make the button dragable. To do this we will need to embed an instance of the button in a movie clip.

Again, open the library and create a new movie clip and name it drag button. Now, drag an instance of button body onto the drag button stage and center it.

On the stage, right click on the button instance and select Actions to open the Object Actions Panel. Click in the Object Actions Panel and add this ActionScript to the button instance:

drag instance pic

Part 3: Create a slider
Now that we have a dragable button, we can create a slide controller by embedding drag button in another movie clip.

Again, in the library, create another movie clip and name it slider. Create an additional layer in slider and name bottom layer bar and the top layer button.

Select the bar layer and draw a horizontal line. Use the info panel to make it exactly 100 pixels wide and use the align panel to center it to the stage, both horizontally and vertically.

Select the button layer and drag an instance of the drag button movie clip onto the stage. Use the info panel to resize it to 11 x 11 and use the align panel to center it to the stage, both horizontally and vertically. It should look like this: (minus the orange stuff)

slider pic
In order to finish our slider, we need to do one more thing, give the instance a name.
Select the drag button instance and use the instance panel to name it drag.
It should look like this:

drag instance pic

The slider should now be complete.

Note: All of this embedding so far should have been done in the movie clip symbols in the library, not on the main timeline. At this point there should be nothing on the main timeline stage.


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Added: 2002-03-06
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