I'm using Tweenlite and the following script to click and drag a wheel from its fixed center, causing it to spin in the direction the mouse is travelling.

This works great however i now need to determine the direction in which the wheel is travelling i.e. clockwise/counter-clockwise.

I've attempted to do this by various means including checking the start rotation on mouse down and checking if the new rotation on mousemove is greater or less than the start point however if the user drags from say 0 (mousedown start point) to 50 (mousemove rotation point) and then back again without releasing the mouse, the wheel has to get past 0 before registering as counter-clockwise.

I figure then the best way to determine the direction is by calculating the angle with atan2 between two points and see if this decreases/increases but i'm having some trouble getting it to update (probably my sub-par code) and i'm not even sure if this is the right approach?

What i have so far is below and the fla if it helps is at: http://s46264.gridse...ection4.fla.zip

Any ideas on how to determine the direction of spin here would be immensely appreciated. Math's not my strong point and i've been trying to figure this out for an age

Thanks

import com.greensock.*; import com.greensock.easing.*; import com.greensock.plugins.*; import flash.events.*; TweenPlugin.activate([ShortRotationPlugin]); var oldRotation,ax,ay,bx,by,thetaA,thetaB,delTheta,newTheta:Number; var anchor1X:Number; var anchor1Y:Number; var anchor2X:Number; var anchor2Y:Number; function dragger(evt:MouseEvent) { if (evt.type == MouseEvent.MOUSE_DOWN) { stage.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_MOVE, dragger); stage.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_UP, dragger); oldRotation = vinyl_mc.rotation; ax = stage.mouseX - vinyl_mc.x; ay = stage.mouseY - vinyl_mc.y; thetaA = Math.atan2(ay,ax) * 180 / Math.PI; if (thetaA < 0) { thetaA = - thetaA; } else { thetaA = 360 - thetaA; } } else if (evt.type == MouseEvent.MOUSE_MOVE) { bx = stage.mouseX - vinyl_mc.x; by = stage.mouseY - vinyl_mc.y; thetaB = Math.atan2(by,bx) * 180 / Math.PI; if (thetaB < 0) { thetaB = - thetaB; } else { thetaB = 360 - thetaB; } delTheta = thetaB - thetaA; newTheta = oldRotation - delTheta; TweenLite.to(vinyl_mc, 1, {shortRotation:{rotation:newTheta}, overwrite:true, ease:Cubic.easeOut}); anchor1X = vinyl_mc.anchor1.x; anchor1Y = vinyl_mc.anchor1.y; anchor2X = vinyl_mc.anchor2.x; anchor2Y = vinyl_mc.anchor2.y; trace(getAngle(anchor1X, anchor1Y, anchor2X, anchor2Y)); } else if (evt.type == MouseEvent.MOUSE_UP) { stage.removeEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_MOVE, dragger); stage.removeEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_UP, dragger); } } function getAngle (x1:Number, y1:Number, x2:Number, y2:Number):Number { trace(x1, y1, x2, y2); var dx:Number = x2 - x1; var dy:Number = y2 - y1; return Math.atan2(dy,dx); } vinyl_mc.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_DOWN, dragger);