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08-15-2010, 05:55 AM
Hello everyone,

As part of my project I wanted to create a lab timer that would record seconds, minutes, and hours. I created a file in Flash CS3 Professional that uses Actionscript 2 code (Provided below).

//timerInterval contains the identifier for our time interval and timer contains
//the current value of our timer. timerDelayMillisecons is set to a value of 1000 (one second)
//timerState is a flag to hold whether or not our timer is currently running.
//our TimerStateIndictator is a movieclip with a TimerStop and TimerStart animation frames.
//The TimerStart animation frame is a green circle, and the TimerStop animation frame is a red circle.
timerInterval = 0;
timerValue = 0;
timerDelayMilliseconds = 1000;
timerState = false;

keyListener = new Object();
keyListener.onKeyDown = function() {
//if we press the 't' key toggle the timer
if(Key.getCode() == 84) {
//if we press the 'r' key reset the timer
if(Key.getCode() == 82) {

function timerToggle(){

function startTimer(){
timerInterval = setInterval(timerTick, timerDelayMilliseconds);
timerState = true;
//communicate with kismet that our timer started

function stopTimer(){
timerState = false;
//communicate with kismet that our timer stopped and pass the time
fscommand("timerStop", timerDisplay.timerText.text);

function resetTimer(){
timerValue = 0;
//communicate with kismet that our timer has been reset

function timerTick(){

//This function helps to format a numerical value by putting leading zeros
//if the value is smaller than the number of digits required. For instance
//if the value to display is a 9 and the number of digits required is two,
//this function will test to see if the number to pad is less than 10. If it is
//we will add a leading zero.
function padZero(numToPad, numDigits){
retStr = "";

if(numDigits < 2)
return String(numToPad);

for(zeroIdx = 0; zeroIdx < numDigits; zeroIdx++){
if(numToPad < zeroIdx*10)
retStr += "0";

retStr += String(numToPad);
return retStr;

//Called to format the time. timerValue is in seconds and so by dividing by 3600 we obtain hours
//Floor essentially returns the integer part of our value and discards and fractional component.
//There are 60 seconds in a minute. By dividing our seconds by 60 we obtain the minutes value, however
//we need to modulate this value by 60 since there are 60 minutes in an hour and we wish to display hours.
//The seconds place is just modulated by 60 since we wish to display minutes (and we want to show how many seconds
//are left before the next minute value).
function displayTime(){
timerDisplay.timerText.text = padZero(Math.floor(timerValue/3600),2) + ":" +
padZero(Math.floor(timerValue/60)%60,2) + ":" + padZero(timerValue%60,2);

I was then able to generate a swf file from this and get it rendering on a render texture in a quick level I made. If I press the T key I toggle the timer between on and off, and if I press R then I reset the timer.


You can download these files from: http://www.donaldsmay.com/projects/TimerTestRelease.zip

I made every effort to try and comment the code where appropriate to help aid in understanding and I tried to use self documenting code techniques.

I am sharing this code/project in the hopes that someone finds it useful/helpful :) .