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Question Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text? ( Flash Kit Community Forums Flash Newbies )
Updated: 2008-02-28 14:08:53 (5)
Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text?

Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text please?

Thanks =)

Answers: Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text? ( Flash Kit Community Forums Flash Newbies )
Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text?

static text is just plain old text. you can load and display variables in a dynamic text field, scroll a dynamic text field, format a dynamic text field with html, and all kinds of stuff. you use an input text field to input text (example: forms, password verification)

im sure there is more i didnt mention, so anybody please feel free to add on.

kamyab

Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text?

Yeah kamyab got it. Static text doesn't "do" anything in the sense that what you write will stay the same, not counting any tweening you may do to it.

Dynamic text is something that changes due to a variable of some kind. An easy example to understand is the percentage complete numbers in a preloader. The numbers within the dynamic text field change depending on how much of the movie has loaded.

Input text allows the user to be able to write something himself. If you want to include a search command in your site, for example, you need an input text field so that the visitor can type in what he is looking for.

Make sense?

some_loser

Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text?

When you use a font in a static textfield, the font will automatically be embedded in the flashplayer. So you can use whatever font you want and it will always be seen correctly by the user, even if he hasn't got the font installed on his system. There are some fonts that will not be embedded by the player, but they are very rare. You can test this by choosing View > Antialias Text. If the font looks blurry, this means it will not be embedded by the player.
In static font you can also check 'use device fonts'. This means that a system font will be used on the users pc and not the font you meant it to be. Using this is quite safe for common fonts like courrier and arial, but not for uncommon fonts. In the top of your fonts list you'll find the fonts '_sans', '_serif' and '_typewriter'. These aren't really fonts, they're also device fonts. When you use these, the users system will use the appropriate system fonts. In most cases it's helvetica for sans, times for serif and courrier for typewriter, depending on which fonts the user has installed.

For dynamic and input text, the fonts are not embedded. You can embed them manually (using the charachter... button in mx) but embedding a font always means an increase of filesize.
The most common problem people have is they want a font to look crisp (aliased) but when you embed a font, it is anti-aliased an often looks very blurry. That's where pixel fonts come in. If you search the forum, you'll find a whole buch of sites where you can download them from. And if there's used in the proper way, they look crisp even when embedded.

Some articles:
http://www.macromedia.com/support/fl...tmap_fonts.htm
http://www.macromedia.com/support/fl...flashfonts.htm

sofiebel

Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text?

Great! That clears everything up except for one thing. How do I embed a font into my flash movie if it is a dynamic text? Thanks for all your time in effort in helping a newbie, much appreciated.

OrionDesigns

Can someone explain the difference between static, dynamic, and input text?

Here you go, sorry but its a zip within a zip to reduce file size!

Hope this helps

eG

euphoricGenius

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