Finally, a nice scrollbar that is easy to edit!

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Below: My first attempt at using Flash MX to make scrolling text boxes. They work, but I couldn't change the appearance of the scrollbar this time around (color, yes, but not appearance). There is a big pain in the neck to keeping the text size in the dynamic text field at the size you have specified.

I finally figured out that scrolling text fields in Flash MX work much better when you load the text dynamically. Don't just make the field "dynamic" -- but also load the text from ActionScript or an external file.