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Explanation of code.

First don’t be scared but here is the code. Its probably the shortest and most useful piece of code you will ever see.

Set Variable: "displayText" = GetProperty ("", _droptarget)
Set Variable: "displayText" = Substring (displayText, 2, (Length (displayText)))

Line one sets a variable called “displayText” and tells it to display the _droptarget property (_droptarget returns the full path and instance name of a movie clip directly below a dragged movie instance.)

Line two alters the “displayText” variable slightly by using the Substring function to strip the “displayText” variable of its “/” witch is part of the path, (all we want is the instance name to be displayed). The number 2 tells substring to start at the 2nd character in there by skiping the unwanted “/” and the Lenth function says how many characters to display (in our case we want the whole name so we use the variable “displayText” which is holding our instant name.

Hope that didn’t confuse anyone but if so you should check out the tutorial called Programming for Designers, which explains some of the functions, better than I can.

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