January 29, 2003
WACK 1.0

Uh uh - I just checked back and must discover that more than two months have passed since I announced that we would release WACK our "Window Application Control Kit" component "very soon". Okay somehow there was so much other work in between that we didn't have time to do make that finessing touches.

But finally we are able to announce WACK v1.0. You can download it here. So what is it? To make it short - it is a flash component that allows you create applications with multiple windows. It takes care for all that dragging, focussing, resizing, scrolling etc. that happens with these things. Of course you can adjust the looks and behaviors, too.

I have looked around and you can hit me if I'm wrong, but until now I haven't found another windows component that is as flexible as WACK. Of course there is FlashOS2 by Grant Skinner, but unfortunately that's not yet available for free...

We will extend it depending on your feedback and what we feel might be useful. So if you have any feedback, bug reports or wishes feel free to use our forum.

Posted at January 29, 2003 10:10 PM | Further reading

Mario :: It looks great and I really am impressed with the presentation. Unfortunately, the .mxp is invalid by some part in the process. For your information I am on OSX Jaguar and tried in IE and Safari and tried saving the .mxp in several ways.

Can't wait to look at the work and it's appreciated.


Posted by: Leadbased on January 29, 2003 11:20 PM

I just downloaded this and it looks quite slick. One question though...

Is there any specific reasoning behind why the component allows resizing of a window even when it's minimized? At first I thought it was a bug, but realized that the behavior is consistent (as well as what happens if you do resize a window and move it while minimized, then maximize it), so I thought I'd ask.

Thanks for sharing your code! Very nice.

Posted by: Philter on January 29, 2003 11:35 PM

Is there a sample FLA out there ?

or Could some one email me one? Please!

I cant figure out how to load or attach content.


Posted by: Maurice on February 13, 2003 12:33 AM

How do you make the canvas 100% wide and 100% high, then load your WACK - based interface in and keep your loaded movies from scaling?

Posted by: Mike Britton on March 6, 2003 10:11 PM

Usually that's done with:


This will keep scaling to 100% and adjust the canvas size.

Posted by: coma2mario on March 7, 2003 10:05 AM

Thanks - that worked perfectly!

Posted by: Miek Britton on March 7, 2003 05:00 PM

One more thing is keeping me from using WACK like I want to. I'm having trouble accessing components inside WACK windows. Can you take a peek at my post on the WACK support forums and let me know if there's a solution for this?


Thanks again in advance,


Posted by: Mike Britton on March 7, 2003 10:51 PM

Can we display xml/plain text files in a WACK window.
If yes . How?
Please provide some code to do the same?
Thanks in advance

Posted by: kishore on September 25, 2003 11:27 AM
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