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I have been researching this ALOT and found some info that basically tells me when I use setMask() over dynamic device fonts, the mask uses its bounding box (the rectangular outside edge of the whole mask movieclip) as the mask.
In case 1 the mask moviclips bounding box shrinks when the shape tween plays because there is one rectangular box being tweened. It appears to mask the text correctly.
In case 2 I have variouse different shape tweens going on inside the mask movieclip so the bounding box stays the same size across the whole screen and it wont appear to mask my text correctly.
I think I have answered my own question, but this still leaves me stuck! I want to create this venitian blind effect using masks over devise fonts.
I came up with the idea of using for example 4 different masks over the one movieclip but again flash doesnt like this and I guess I can only use one setMask() per movieclip?
Can anyone suggest a way I can use multiple dynamically created masks on one movieclip or cant it be done?
Just ideas for an interesting problem...
Maybe the trouble is not worth the bandwidth & you embed the font....
Maybe changing the text into a Bitmap Object & then masking the bitmap would work (Providing the text is not editable)???