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    Typing input text, and then dragging it. AS3

    Hey, is it possible for a user to enter a frame, be able to type their name into an InputText field, and then drag it around the screen?

    If so what is the best method to do this?

    Thanks.

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    Yes, you can do that. Since TextFields don't have a startdrag method, you could simulate it with mousedown and mouseup handlers, or you could put the TextField into a containing Sprite and use startDrag on that Sprite.

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    Thanks for the input. Do you have a link to a tutorial by any chance? I'm still relatively new to Actionscript.

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    Here's a very basic example.
    Code:
    var textHolder:Sprite = new Sprite();
    //draw a rectangular header dealy so they can click on something that isn't text
    textHolder.graphics.beginFill(0x000000);
    textHolder.graphics.drawRect(0, 0, 100, 5);
    textHolder.graphics.endFill();
    addChild(textHolder);
    
    var tf:TextField = new TextField();
    tf.type=TextFieldType.INPUT; //so they can write in it.
    tf.y = 5;
    textHolder.addChild(tf);
    
    textHolder.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_DOWN, startdragging);
    textHolder.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_UP, stopdragging);
    
    function startdragging(e:MouseEvent):void{
      textHolder.startDrag();
    }
    
    function stopdragging(e:MouseEvent):void{
      textHolder.stopDrag();
    }

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    Thanks, worked great.
    Although sometimes after clicking a few times, the mouse cursor would become 'stuck' to the object, unable to let go.
    Also I'm thinking if I were to attach a button to the InputTextfield, to say once clicked, transform the InputTextField into a dynamic textfield, is this possible? I think this would help as each time the text is clicked at the moment an option to edit the text is annoyingly in the way.
    Thanks again.

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    I've found that 'sticky' behavior appears pretty much whenever you have a draggable. Not even just in flash. Application windows sometimes get it too.

    You absolutely can have such a button, it's probably a good idea.

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