0 Replies Latest reply on Sep 26, 2011 6:24 AM by jason sturges

    Flash Pro drop target instance during authoring on the artboard

    jason sturges Level 1

      Developing custom components within Flash Professional CS5.5, I am attempting to implement functionality similar to the way a UIScrollBar can be dropped on a TextArea to bind functionally.

      • Place a TextArea on the artboard.
      • Drop a UIScrollBar on to the TextArea.


      The UIScrollBar will auto-position itself against the TextArea, and if instance names are not defined, the TextArea will receive a name such as ‘InstanceName_0’ and the UIScrollBar’s scrollTargetName will set to match.

      For those familiar with Flashblocks Flash CMS, this functionality is replicated using their Editblock component. The Editblock can be dropped on a component, automatically position itself, and bind instance names.

      Following threads and examples, I see mostly historical implementations citing _targetInstanceName and scrollTarget.

      Functionally, I understand that this is specifying an instance name which is located from the parent to a DisplayObject.

      /** target instance display object. */
      protected var scrollTarget:DisplayObject;

      /** target instance name, used by authoring to locate display object. */
      private var _scrollTargetName:String;

      public function set scrollTargetName(value:String):void
      // with try / catch exception handling, but for example:
      = parent.getChildByName(value);

      This setter does not fire during authoring.

      I’m unsure if I’m missing a specific property name, meta data in the Inspectable tag, an Event, or maybe I am required to extend (Flash Pro’s fl.core) UIComponent?

      Are there more current examples / tutorials that anyone could cite?

      Please understand that I am not talking about drag-and-drop during runtime. I am speaking about authoring using Flash Professional, dropping components on to each other from Flash Pro’s artboard.