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Flash Tools for Developers (AS3): Graphing curves in the plane

Barbara Kaskosz, Doug Ensley

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

This Flash Forum article provides instructions and resources for producing customized graphing applets using the Adobe Flash CS3 programming environment with the ActionScript 3.0 language. After working through this material you will be able to build a fully customized 2D graphing application (using either a function in one variable or parametric equations) for your own webpage using your own instructions, color schemes and custom functionality.

The compressed file  contains all templates and code referenced within the article, and the twenty-five page Developer's Guide (planar_tools_as3_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 you will need to have the Flash 9 player plugin installed on your machine to properly view the example files.

The Flash CS3 programming environment for Windows or Mac can be "borrowed" on a 30 day trial basis from Try out Flash using these templates. We think you will be hooked!

Barbara Kaskosz, Doug Ensley, "Flash Tools for Developers (AS3): Graphing curves in the plane," Convergence (July 2007)