Creating text fields at runtime

You can use the createTextField() method of the MovieClip class to create an empty text field on the Stage at runtime. The new text field is attached to the timeline of the movie clip that calls the method.

To dynamically create a text field using ActionScript:

  1. Select File > New and then select Flash Document to create a new FLA file.
  2. Type the following ActionScript on Frame 1 of the Timeline:
    this.createTextField("test_txt", 10, 0, 0, 300, 100);

    This code creates a 300 x 100-pixel text field named test_txt with a location of (0, 0) and a depth (z-order) of 10.

  3. To access the methods and properties of the newly created text field, use the instance name specified in the first parameter of the createTextField() method.For example, the following code creates a new text field named test_txt, and modifies its properties to make it a multiline, word-wrapping text field that expands to fit inserted text. Then it assigns some text using the text field’s text property:
    test_txt.multiline = true;
    test_txt.wordWrap = true;
    test_txt.autoSize = "left";
    test_txt.text = "Create new text fields with the MovieClip.createTextField() method.";
  4. Select Control > Test Movie to see the text field.The text is created at runtime and appears on the Stage.

You can use the TextField.removeTextField() method to remove a text field created with createTextField(). The removeTextField() method does not work on a text field placed by the timeline during authoring.

For more information, see createTextField (MovieClip.createTextField method) and removeTextField (TextField.removeTextField method) in the ActionScript 2.0 Language Reference.

NOTE Some TextField properties, such as _rotation, are not available when you create text fields at runtime. You can rotate a text field only if it uses embedded fonts. See To embed a font symbol:.

You can find sample source files that demonstrate how to work with text fields using ActionScript. The source files are called textfieldsA.fla and textfieldsB.fla, and you can find them in the Samples folder on your hard disk:

  • In Windows, browse to boot drive\Program Files\Macromedia\Flash 8\Samples and Tutorials\Samples\ActionScript\TextFields.
  • On the Macintosh, browse to Macintosh HD/Applications/Macromedia Flash 8/Samples and Tutorials/Samples/ActionScript/TextFields.


PHP – CHMOD a directory recursively

The script below loops over the specified directory and chmods its files, directories and subdirectories recursively.

  function chmodDirectory( $path = ‘.’, $level = 0 ){  
    $ignore = array( ‘cgi-bin’, ‘.’, ‘..’ ); 

    $dh = @opendir( $path ); 

    while( false !== ( $file = readdir( $dh ) ) ){ // Loop through the directory 

      if( !in_array( $file, $ignore ) ){
        if( is_dir( “$path/$file” ) ){
          chmodDirectory( “$path/$file”, ($level+1));
        } else {
          chmod(”$path/$file”,0777); // desired permission settings

      }//if in array 


    closedir( $dh ); 




PHP – Unzip an uploaded file using php

If you dont have shell access to your server and need to unzip a file on your php server you can use the script below:

     $zip = new ZipArchive;
     $res = $zip->open(’’);
     if ($res === TRUE) {
         echo ‘ok’;
     } else {
         echo ‘failed’;

Basically it extracts the zip file into the directory you specify… make sure the directory you want to extract it to has write permissions. More info on this script is available on the php website One issue I ran into with this script was that I could not modify the files via my ftp program as they did not have permission set for this.