Why Use Component Text Effects?

Programmed effects have nearly always been preferred over graphical animations. Two reasons are that effects made with programming take up very little file size, and they are easier to customize. The former reason is apparent; the footprint of programming code on a file's size is nearly nonexistent. The effects made with the components in this book produce files that are only 3 KB in size, although file size can increase slightly depending on the fonts used. The latter reason may not be so obvious right now, but after you see how easy it is to use the components, you will understand. Prerendered animations, on the other hand, add a considerable amount of file size and are quite unforgiving when it comes to modification.

The most common concern about programmed animations is the drain they can cause on the CPU. This is true; executing many lines of code can bring a computer to its knees faster than even the most intensive graphics. Fortunately, this only partly applies to the types of animations we will be dealing with. Text effects are kind of the middle ground when it comes to comparing CPU cycles for programmed and rendered animations. Firstly, text effects are so simple that programming their movement and interaction is not the most demanding thing on a computer. Secondly, since text effects use so many objects (each letter in a set of text), a prerendered animation can cause a major lag in the computer's responsiveness. So, when it comes to text effects, the CPU issue is somewhat nullified.

In the end, do not be afraid to use these text effects. They have been developed to be CPU-friendly, and they have very little, if any, effect on file size.

The Hidden Power of Flash Components
The Hidden Power of Flash Components
ISBN: 0782142109
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2002
Pages: 111

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