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Flash Tools for Developers: 3D Function Grapher

Doug Ensley, Barbara Kaskosz

Doug Ensley, Shippensburg University
Barbara Kaskosz, University of Rhode Island

This Flash Forum article provides instructions and resources for producing customized graphing applets using the Macromedia Flash (either Flash MX 2004 or the more recent Flash 8) programming environment. After working through this material you will be able to build a fully customized 3D Grapher for your own webpage using your own instructions, your own color schemes and your own choice of functionality.

The compressed file contains two templates and code referenced within the article, and the sixteen page Developer's Guide ( grapher3d_guide.pdf ) gives detailed instructions for some specific customization tasks. Within this article, there is a brief description of each of the templates including active versions of each to demonstrate its functionality. In addition, we list some of the specific customizations that are addressed within the Developer's GuideNote that this guide assumes some familiarity with the article Flash Tools for Developers: Function Grapher, also available in the MathDL Flash Forum.

The Flash 8 programming environment for Windows or Mac can be "borrowed" on a 30 day trial basis from

Doug Ensley, Barbara Kaskosz, "Flash Tools for Developers: 3D Function Grapher," Loci (May 2006)