Tracking the mouse outside Flash

Over the next few days let’s take a look at mousetracking in actionscript. My task was to make a movieclip ‘point’ to the location of the mouse. The primary problem, as scripters will be aware is that as soon as the mouse tracks away from the bounds of the flash movie, the position of the mouse can no longer be tracked. One way to get around this is javascript, which can communicate the position of the mouse to Flash. Another is to use an invisible movieclip which overlays as much of the browser or screen as possible. In anycase, as soon as this issue is addressed there is a bit of maths involved to work out where the movieclip would point. I shall look at this tomorrow.