Creating a semi-transparent scroll bar thumb on an MX TextArea control in Flex 4

In previous examples, “Creating a custom scroll bar track skin on an MX TextArea control in Flex 4” and “Creating a custom scroll bar thumb skin on an MX TextArea control in Flex 4”, we saw how we could create a custom scroll bar track and thumb skin on an MX TextArea control in Flex 4 by setting the trackSkin, thumbSkin, verticalScrollBarStyleName, and horizontalScrollBarStyleName styles.

The following example shows how you can create a semi-transparent scroll bar thumb skin on an MX TextArea control in Flex 4 by setting the alpha property on the scroll bar thumb skin part’s fill.

The following example(s) require Flash Player 10 and the Adobe Flex 4 SDK. To download the Adobe Flash Builder 4 trial, see www.adobe.com/products/flex/. To download the latest nightly build of the Flex 4 SDK, see opensource.adobe.com/wiki/display/flexsdk/Download+Flex+4.

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"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2010/04/18/creating-a-semi-transparent-scroll-bar-thumb-on-an-mx-textarea-control-in-flex-4/ -->
<s:Application name="MX_TextArea_ScrollBar_thumbSkin_test2"
        xmlns:fx="http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009"
        xmlns:s="library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark"
        xmlns:mx="library://ns.adobe.com/flex/mx">
 
    <fx:Style>
        @namespace s "library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark";
        @namespace mx "library://ns.adobe.com/flex/mx";
 
        mx|TextArea {
            verticalScrollBarStyleName: sbTrackStyles;
            horizontalScrollBarStyleName: sbTrackStyles;
        }
 
        .sbTrackStyles {
            thumbSkin: ClassReference("skins.CustomMXScrollBarThumbSkin");
            trackSkin: ClassReference("skins.CustomMXScrollBarTrackSkin");
        }
    </fx:Style>
 
    <mx:TextArea id="txtArea"
            horizontalScrollPolicy="on"
            verticalScrollPolicy="on"
            wordWrap="true"
            horizontalCenter="0" verticalCenter="0"
            width="320" height="240">
        <mx:text><fx:String source="lorem.txt" /></mx:text>
    </mx:TextArea>
 
</s:Application>

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And the custom MX ScrollBar thumb skin, skins/CustomMXScrollBarThumbSkin.mxml, is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2010/04/18/creating-a-semi-transparent-scroll-bar-thumb-on-an-mx-textarea-control-in-flex-4/ -->
<s:SparkSkin name="CustomMXScrollBarThumbSkin"
        xmlns:fx="http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009"
        xmlns:s="library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark">
    <!-- states -->
    <s:states>
        <s:State name="up" />
        <s:State name="over" />
        <s:State name="down" />
        <s:State name="disabled" />
    </s:states>
 
    <fx:Script>
        <![CDATA[
            override protected function initializationComplete():void {
                useChromeColor = true;
                super.initializationComplete();
            }
        ]]>
    </fx:Script>
 
    <!-- background -->
    <s:Rect left="0" top="-1" right="0" bottom="-1" minWidth="14">
        <s:stroke>
            <s:SolidColorStroke color="0x5C5C5C" weight="1"/>
        </s:stroke>
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0xFFFFFF" alpha="0.33" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
 
    <!-- highlight -->
    <s:Rect left="1" top="0" bottom="0" width="6">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0xFFFFFF"
                          alpha="0.33"
                          alpha.over="0.22"
                          alpha.down="0.22" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
 
    <!-- inside stroke -->
    <s:Rect left="1" top="0" right="1" bottom="0">
        <s:stroke>
            <s:LinearGradientStroke rotation="90" weight="1">
                <s:GradientEntry color="0xFFFFFF" 
                                 alpha="1"
                                 alpha.over="0.55"
                                 alpha.down="0.12" />
                <s:GradientEntry color="0xFFFFFF" 
                                 alpha="0.22" 
                                 alpha.over="0.121" 
                                 alpha.down="0.0264" />
            </s:LinearGradientStroke>
        </s:stroke>
    </s:Rect>
 
    <!-- drop shadow -->
    <s:Rect left="1" top="-2" right="1" height="1">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.12" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
    <s:Rect bottom="-3" left="1" right="1" height="2">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.12" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
    <s:Rect bottom="-2" left="1" right="1" height="1">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.12" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
 
</s:SparkSkin>

And the custom MX ScrollBar track skin, skins/CustomMXScrollBarTrackSkin.mxml, is as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<!-- http://blog.flexexamples.com/2010/04/18/creating-a-semi-transparent-scroll-bar-thumb-on-an-mx-textarea-control-in-flex-4/ -->
<s:SparkSkin name="CustomMXScrollBarTrackSkin"
             xmlns:fx="http://ns.adobe.com/mxml/2009"
             xmlns:s="library://ns.adobe.com/flex/spark" 
             alpha.disabled="0.5">
    <!-- states -->
    <s:states>
        <s:State name="up" />
        <s:State name="down" />
        <s:State name="over" />
        <s:State name="disabled" />
    </s:states>
 
    <fx:Script>
        <![CDATA[
            override protected function initializationComplete():void {
                useChromeColor = true;
                super.initializationComplete();
            }
        ]]>
    </fx:Script>
 
    <!-- border/fill -->
    <s:Rect top="0" bottom="0" left="0" right="0"
            minWidth="14" minHeight="14">
        <s:stroke>
            <s:SolidColorStroke color="0x686868" weight="1"/>
        </s:stroke>
        <s:fill>
            <s:BitmapFill source="@Embed('assets/pattern_136.gif')" fillMode="repeat" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
 
    <!-- shadow -->
    <s:Rect left="1" top="1" bottom="1" width="1">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.24" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
    <s:Rect left="2" top="1" bottom="1" width="1">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.12" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
    <s:Rect left="2" right="1" top="1" height="2">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.12" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
    <s:Rect left="2" right="1" bottom="1" height="3">
        <s:fill>
            <s:SolidColor color="0x000000" alpha="0.12" />
        </s:fill>
    </s:Rect>
 
</s:SparkSkin>

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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.

2 thoughts on “Creating a semi-transparent scroll bar thumb on an MX TextArea control in Flex 4

  1. Dear All

    I have instructed a web development company to build me a website. I asked them to make the scroll bar transparent and they came back to me and said it wasnt possible.

    Do you have a site I can pass to them to see it can be done?

    How about coding guide on how to achieve this.

    Manny thanks
    Paul

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