Scrolling bitmaps

Imagine you have created a street mapping application where each time the user moves the map you are required to update the view (even if the map has been moved by just a few pixels).

One way to create this functionality would be to re-render a new image containing the updated map view each time the user moves the map. Alternatively, you could create a large single image and use the scroll() method.

The scroll() method copies an on-screen bitmap and then pastes it to a new offset location—specified by (x, y) parameters. If a portion of the bitmap happens to reside off-stage, this gives the effect that the image has shifted. When combined with a timer function (or an enterFrame event), you can make the image appear to be animating or scrolling.

The following example takes the previous perlin noise example and generates a larger bitmap image (three-fourths of which is rendered off-stage). The scroll() method is then applied, along with an enterFrame event listener that offsets the image by one pixel in a diagonally downward direction. This method is called each time the frame is entered and as a result, the off screen portions of the image are rendered to the Stage as the image scrolls down.

import openfl.display.Bitmap;
import openfl.display.BitmapData;


var myBitmapDataObject = new BitmapData (1000, 1000, false, 0x00FF0000);

var seed = Math.floor (Math.random () * 100);
var channels = BitmapDataChannel.GREEN | BitmapDataChannel.BLUE;

myBitmapDataObject.perlinNoise (100, 80, 6, seed, false, true, channels, false, null);

var myBitmap = new Bitmap (myBitmapDataObject);
myBitmap.x = -750;
myBitmap.y = -750;
addChild (myBitmap);

addEventListener (Event.ENTER_FRAME, scrollBitmap);


private function scrollBitmap (event:Event):Void {

    myBitmapDataObject.scroll (1, 1);


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