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Posted on 2007-04-08
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I'm loading images during runtime into empty movie clips(create with createEmptyMovieClips method). Each image has an associated id number which I push onto an array:

var idArray = new Array('1','2','3','4','5');

So now the timeline has an array and 5 movie clips with instance names: for example:  id18, id22, id31, id45, id52

What I want is to, using AS, fade these images in sequence, while id1 fades out I want id2 to fade in, and so on...then have it loop back to 1 when id5 fades out.

Right now I have a varible pos (for position) a movie clip looping infinitely checking to see if the current positions _alpha > 0. I'll stop here because I hit a problem:

My problem is, after the loadMovie('someimage.JPG',_root.id18) finishes, the MC id18._alpha is reporting undefined. Why did loading an image erase this value? The debugger confirms that no values exist in any attributes, yet the image appears fine.

Anyhow, if I could figure that out then my looping MC could increment the _alpha values and loop through the array..unless there is a more elegant solution.
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by:Aneesh Chopra
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point here is:

If movieClip is loading an image or SWF externally, you can set property of the movieClilp instance only after it gets loaded completely.
so you need to keep checking if it gets loaded completely then set the value.


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by:jstretch
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So after it loads (completely) I have to set all its attributes? Meaning, flash does not detect and set the attributes for the MC such as _width, _height, _alpha...correct?
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Aneesh Chopra earned 2000 total points
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yes,
all attributes of a movieClip get losts (except _x and _y) as you load an external JPG or SWF in it..
although it can be set again after loading completion.

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also variables/functions Movieclip holds get lost.

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