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Adding the Actions

Step 3 : Add The Actions

Now is where we get the good stuff. In the past with Flash 4, you could make a 'semi-cool' cursor by making a custom cursor, setting it's property to Drag - and it would follow your mouse like a cursor.

The problem was that you still saw the default (read: UGLY) cursor on TOP of your custom one. So it wasn't that great. You could get a plugin that would turn the cursor off - but it only worked with IE and had other limitations.

But with Flash 5 - they've solved the problem for all of us! And it's, thankfully, much simpler.

Step 3.1 : Hide the Default Cursor

  1. Create a new layer at the top of all your other layers and name it Actions. (see screenshot above.)
  2. In the first keyframe, right click and select Actions from the menu.
  3. In the ActionScript Editor, select + > Objects > Mouse > Hide.

That's it! Your default cursor will now be hidden.

Well - there's more. Because, of course, if that's all you did, you'd have a movie where you couldn't see the ugly mouse pointer - but you wouldn't see anything else either. So let's look at attaching the mouse pointer to the new cursor.

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Added: 2000-10-24
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Jayse is the Senior Art Director for a small LA-based design group called E-lysian Artists. He's worked with many great clients (MCA, Universal, Fox, HBO) tho lately, motion design projects have become his passion and now enjoys writing tutorials for people with a similar passion for this new art form.
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