accessing a variable in a movieclip from external class



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    Hi, Hope all are doing great! :) I was just wondering is there any way to have a mc rotate a few times and then stop at the required angle. Right now I am using _root.spinMe_mc._rotation += (80 - _rotation)/3 to make it go to angle 80 and ease a little while doing so and it works fine. However, I would like to spin it a few times before it actually goes and stops at its destination. Any help would be really great! Thanks, -a.

Re: accessing a variable in a movieclip from external class

Postby BlueD » Fri, 17 Feb 2006 00:16:31 GMT

yes. I put a trace in the function in the movieclip and apparently is 
not called.

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1.accessing a variable in a movieclip from external class

Hi folks, I have a problem with scope.

I'm writing a little application to run a course, and the engine creates 
the navigation menu putting labels in the button etc...

So, as far as I change things like a dynamic text that's on the stage 
with something like

mybutton.itemText.text = 

this works, but what If I want to change a variable declared in the button?

I would like to retrieve from an XML the movie I want to load pressing 
this particular button, but seems like the scope of the "designed" 
objects and the programmed object is a little different, since with

in the button movieclip
var myMovieDelegate:String = new String();
var selectedButton:Boolean = new Boolean();
in the engine Class


this doesn't works, as doesn't works creating a function in the button 
to set the variable like

function setMovieDelegate(movie:String):Void {
	myMovieDelegate = movie;

Where's the problem?

2.accessing a variable in a movieclip from external class

blemmo wrote:
> Do you have this code in an onLoad Event? If so, try absolute paths, because 
> 'this' in the Event refers to the loading object, so 'mybutton' would be 
> searched in the scope of that object.
>  So it should be something like _root.mybutton.myMovieDelegate(...).
>  Does this help?

mmm... so why doesn't works right now?

ok, let's try this...


class courseEngine {
	public var addEventListener:Function;
	public var removeEventListener:Function;
	private var dispatchEvent:Function;
	private var ayudaOpen:Boolean = new Boolean();
	function courseEngine() {;
		ayudaOpen = false;
	public function initMenu(drawInIt:MovieClip, my_xml:XML) {
		drawInIt.attachMovie("mcMenuUpBorder", "upBorder", 
		drawInIt.attachMovie("mcMenuUnit", "menuMC1", 
drawInIt.getNextHighestDepth(), {_x:0, _y:13});
		initButton(drawInIt.menuMC1, my_xml, 1);
		for (var i:Number = 2; 
i<=my_xml.childNodes[0].attributes["NumberOfItems"]; i++) {
			drawInIt.menuMC1.duplicateMovieClip("menuMC"+i, i);
			var pippo:String = new 
			initButton(drawInIt["menuMC"+i], my_xml, i);
			drawInIt["menuMC"+i]._y = 
		var u:Number = new 
		drawInIt.attachMovie("mcMenuUnderBorder", "downBorder", 
drawInIt.getNextHighestDepth(), {_x:0, _y:u*35+13});
		var myDropFilter = new flash.filters.DropShadowFilter();
		var myFilters:Array = drawInIt.filters;
		drawInIt.filters = myFilters;
	private function initButton(button:MovieClip, my_xml:XML, index:Number) {
		button.itemText.text = 
		if (button.itemText.textHeight<16) {
			button.itemText._y = button.itemText._y+6;
			button.itemText._height = 16;
	public function ayudaIsOpen():Boolean {
		trace("passo da questa funzione");
		return ayudaOpen;
	public function callMe():Void {
		dispatchEvent({type:"hearing", target:this});
	public function closemcMenu(myx:Number, myy:Number, myButtonX:Number, 
myMenu:MovieClip, myButton:MovieClip):Void {
		myMenu.slideTo(myx, myy, 0.5, "easeInOutCircular");
		myButton._x = myButtonX;
		ayudaOpen = false;
	public function openmcMenu(myx:Number, myy:Number, myButtonX:Number, 
myMenu:MovieClip, myButton:MovieClip):Void {
		myMenu.slideTo(myx, myy, 0.5, "easeInOutCircular");
		myButton._x = myButtonX;
		ayudaOpen = true;
	public function menuDispatcher(butName:String){
		var eventObject:Object = {target:this, type:'pressed'};
		eventObject.buttonPressed = butName;
//eventObject.whereDrawn = cliptoDrawin.square_mc;
code in the first frame

var my_xml:XML = new XML();
var myEngine:courseEngine = new courseEngine();
var oViewListener:Object = new Object();
my_xml.ignoreWhite = true;
my_xml.onLoad = function(success) {
	myEngine.initMenu(mcMenuContainer, my_xml);

oViewListener.pressed = function(oEvent:Object):Void  {

myEngine.addEventListener("pressed", oViewListener);
and this is the code in the first frame of the movieclip that works as a 
building block of the menu

this.useHandCursor = true;
var oResetColor:Object = {ra:100, rb:0, ga:100, gb:0, ba:100, bb:0, 
aa:100, ab:0};
var oPressColor:Object = {ra:100, rb:100, ga:100, gb:100, ba:100, 
bb:100, aa:100, ab:100};
var oOverColor:Object = {ra:100, rb:0, ga:100, gb:50, ba:50, bb:50, 
aa:100, ab:50};
var mcGboxColor:Object = new Color(mcGreenBox);
var myMovieDelegate:String = new String();
var selectedButton:Boolean = new Boolean();

function setMovieDelegate(stringSomething:String) {
	myMovieDelegate = stringSomething;

onRollOver = function () {
onRollOut = function () {
	if (selectedButton == true) {
	} else {
onPress = function () {
onRelease = function () {
onReleaseOutside = function () {
	if (selectedButton) {
	} else {

maybe now is easier to find the problem.

3.accessing a variable in a movieclip from external class

blemmo wrote:
> Hm, I setup a Flash movie like that, and have the same problem. It seems that 
> all the variables and functions of the duplicated Movieclip are lost (also if 
> you attach that MC). Besides that, when I want to list all variables in debug 
> mode, Flash crashes. :(
>  Anyway, it seems to work if you set the variable in the MC directly:
>  drawInIt.myMovieDelegate = pippo;

the problem is that I need to set the variable with something that's in 
the XML file.

4.accessing a variable in a movieclip from external class

blemmo wrote:
> Hi,
>  I can't see a scope problem here, assuming 'mybutton' and 'my_xml' are on the 
> same level/frame.
>  If you use
>  var myMovieDelegate:String = new String();
>  then you have to assign the value like that:
>  mybutton.myMovieDelegate = my_xml.childNodes.childNodes.attributes.MovieToLoad;
>  Your second idea should work, if you call it correctly with
>  mybutton.setMovieDelegate(my_xml.childNodes.childNodes.attributes.MovieToLoad);

the problem is, it doesn't works... why? if you need it, I can post all 
the code of the class and what's in the movie.

5.AS2.0 linking external class with MovieClip, cannot refer to movieclips instances and variables

Im trying to create a movieclip with a linked external class that 
extends the MovieClip class. It sort of works but I cant refer to the 
movieclips instances and variables.

First I made a movieclip with 2 textField instances with I called 
"title" and "description".
then i marked the clip av linked and typed the classname "Module_tv" as 
the AS2.0 classname.

the external classfile looks lite this:

class Module_tv extends MovieClip
	function Module_tv(){
		title.text = "The title";
		description.text = "The description";

the output windows shows:
**Error** D:\Work\Sajt\Classes\ Line 5: There is no 
property with the name 'title'.
      		title.text = "The title";

**Error** D:\Work\Sajt\Classes\ Line 6: There is no 
property with the name 'description'.
      		description.text = "The description";

Total ActionScript Errors: 2 	 Reported Errors: 2

if I replace the code with this it shows that it is run.

class Module_tv extends MovieClip
	function Module_tv(){
		trace("Yep it is run allrigth!");

Does anyone have a solution to the problem?

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