Chapter 8. Graphing with Imaging Lingo

What You Will Learn

In this lesson you will:

  • Meet Director's imaging Lingo

  • Use imaging Lingo to draw bar and line graphs

  • Learn about scaling the graph to fit the data

  • Learn the Lingo to get data from a Flash sprite

Approximate Time

This lesson should take you about 1.5 hours to complete.

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This is the third lesson in the second project, a Personal Training Log. In this lesson you'll use the awesome power of imaging Lingo to create a dynamic graph of mileage versus average speed for any given month.

The dynamic graph within the personal training log

Imaging Lingo, as it is known, is the set of Lingo methods and properties that allow you to manipulate bitmap data. Bitmaps can be created and drawn into on the fly, or you can use pre-existing bitmap cast members. You can get and set the color of individual pixels, draw shapes, use alpha channels, copy chunks of images from one to another, and more. Developers have used imaging Lingo to create things like side-scrolling game engines, jigsaw-puzzle engines, menu systems, whiteboard applications, data-analysis tools, stock tickers, and dynamic graphs and charts.

Macromedia Director MX 2004. Training from the Source
Macromedia Director MX 2004: Training from the Source
ISBN: 0321223659
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2003
Pages: 166
Authors: Dave Mennenoh

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