Cloning a TextFlow object in Flex 4

The following example shows how you can clone a TextFlow object in Flex 4 by using the deepCopy() method.

Full code after the jump.

The following example(s) require Flash Player 10 and the Adobe Flex 4 SDK. To download the Adobe Flash Builder 4 trial, see To download the latest nightly build of the Flex 4 SDK, see

For more information on getting started with Flex 4 and Flash Builder 4, see the official Adobe Flex Team blog.

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- -->
<s:Application name="Spark_TextFlow_deepCopy_test"
        <s:TextFlow id="tFlow">
            <s:p>The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog</s:p>
    <s:VGroup horizontalCenter="0" verticalCenter="0" width="100">
        <s:RichEditableText textFlow="{tFlow.deepCopy() as TextFlow}" width="100%" />
        <s:RichEditableText textFlow="{tFlow.deepCopy() as TextFlow}" width="100%" />

This entry is based on a beta version of the Flex 4 SDK and therefore is very likely to change as development of the Flex SDK continues. The API can (and will) change causing examples to possibly not compile in newer versions of the Flex 4 SDK.

One thought on “Cloning a TextFlow object in Flex 4

  1. FYI

    If there is a image in the workflow that is already loaded. deepCopy will not copy the actual image data. The inlineimage status will be “loadpending”. Not sure we can actually copy the image data too so we don’t have to load it again.

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