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Old 08-08-2004, 05:51 AM   #1
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Default Mac OSX style menu!

Hey friends,

I'm currently working on a navigation system similar to the Mac OSX menu (where icons expand?). I've seen it done on the web in flash, but was never too impressed with the effect, so I programmed my own which I thought is the best I've seen. Please check it out in the beta version at



The rest of the page is being built, but I want feedback from others to see how my magnifying thumbnails for your approval. Is it intuitive? Is it smooth? Does it remind you of the good times you've spent with your Mac OSX?


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Old 08-08-2004, 05:23 PM   #2
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it's pretty good. but maybe a bit too slow....
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Old 08-08-2004, 06:18 PM   #3
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haha but itz been done :P , but nonetheless looks good
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Old 08-11-2004, 01:58 AM   #4
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Someone on another forum asked how it's done, so I thought I'd also post the inner workings here. Here's the breakdown of how my scroller works. This is totally done in actionscript with no actual tweening.

1)From an XML file, I generate a list of thumbnails to be loaded, and arrange them in a row
2)for each thumbnail, there is actionscript that detects how close the mouse cursor is to itself, and if it is closer than a certain number of pixels, it will ease/expand dynamically.
3)there is a movieclip on Enterframe that constantly spaces each thumbnail a certain number of pixels apart, after taking into consideration the size of each thumbnail (as they could have expanded).
4) another on enterframe movie clip makes sure the entire scroll bar is always centered on stage.

I guess the hardest part is finding the right math formula.
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Old 08-31-2004, 10:32 AM   #5
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a bit wobblt for my liking.. perhaps if they 'locked' at 100% at some point rather than fluctuating between ~95-100% which is causing a flicker...(?)

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