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Implementing Skins for Flash Components (ActionScript3)


Skins. What are they?

Many people have been familiarized with a term ‘skin’ through WinAmp music player or Windows Media Player from Microsoft. Skins are the styles, which user can simply change to give the application or control or webpage a definitely new look and feel. Currently skins are widely used as in software development and also for web resources. WordPress or Drupal template is nothing else but a skin for a web-site.

That’s not a secret, that there are as many preferences in colors/shapes/sizes/locations as people on the Earth. And nowadays, when competitors are struggling with each other to attract customers’ attention to their product, a possibility to allow a customer to customize the look and feel of everything by his own taste gives an advantage to those, who provide such a feature. You may select you favorite theme of the message board you visit, choose the colors for your Instant Messenger and of course can tune your desktop. In general, all this is about skins.

Flash websites and flash applications are also subject to the skinning tendency. And in this article I will explain some techniques you may use to skin your flash objects. Continue reading ‘Implementing Skins for Flash Components (ActionScript3)’