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Setting up the Main Text - Movie Clip

If you don't want to use an external textfile for your text, Step 1 and Step 2 and go to Step 2b

Step 1 :

Create a textfile, save it with the name scrolltext.txt in the same folder as where you will save the flash-file. In the textfile you need to type the following text
scrolltext=YOUR TEXT
where YOUR TEXT is the text you will want to put in the scrollwindow. Make sure it's long enough so you can see the effect of scrolling.

Step 2 :

Open an empty flash-document.
Create a new Movie Clip, give it the name window. In the end, this Movie Clip will contain the window with scrollable text. It is possible to start directly on the main stage but by creating an extra Movie Clip it will be possible to create extra features as minimise and close options later. Open the Movie Clip. It has one layer already, rename it to actions.
In the first frame add the following action to load the variable scrolltext from your textfile in the Movie Clip window (notice that by putting a blank target it loads at exact spot where the action is executed, in this case in Movie Clip window)

Load Variables ("./scrolltext.txt", "")

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Added: 2000-12-27
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Patrick Jansen is a freelance flash-, graphic- and webdesigner. Born in Holland, currently residential in Brazil. Worked for the compagnies Lectric b.v. ( and NIC b.v. (
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