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Book Review - Creating A Web Site With Flash 8 - Visual QuickProject by David Morris
This book won't teach you everything about Adobe(R) Macromedia(R) Flash but it does teach you the basic techniques needed to create a website with Flash 8. David Morris uses easy instructions with large supporting screen shots.
Add A Drop Shadow To Your Flash Website
Add a drop shadow along the exterior edge of your Flash(R) website. An easy way to add a drop shadow to the Flash document is to use a background image that has a pseudo drop shadow.
Publishing Your Flash Website
Now that you have finished and tested your Flash(R) website, you are ready to publish to the web. However, you will need more than just the finished .swf file. You will also need some HTML files that work with this .swf file on the web.
Add The Loader and ProgressBar Components To Your Flash Website
Now that you have completed your Portfolio.swf movie, we can add the Loader component that will load the external Portfolio movie into your main movie and a ProgressBar component (also called a preloader).
Adding Navigation To Your Flash Portfolio
Add the navigation buttons to the portfolio movie that is part of the larger Flash website that we are creating. Once we import the button image and convert it to a symbol, we will be able to add the ActionScript that will make the buttons work.
Setup A Flash Portfolio and Import Your Images
In the next few tutorials we will build the portfolio for your Flash website. The portfolio is really a second Flash movie that will load into the main Flash website. This portfolio will be built in the same way as we built the main website
How To Load An External Text File Into Flash For Dynamic Webpages
If you have been following the tutorials, you are now ready to add the text to the individual webpages. One nice thing about Flash is that you can load (or import) external text/HTML files into a Flash movie. See how.
Adding Behaviors To The Menu Buttons For Your Flash Website
You need a way to navigate from one webpage to the next and like all websites we will use the buttons in the navigation menu. We have already created these buttons and now we will assign behaviors that will tell our Flash website which frame, and its contents, to display for each button.
Building Webpages Along The Flash Timeline
If you have been following along with the previous tutorials, you should have sectioned your webpages along the Actions layer in the Flash Timeline. We have also added the images and text that will make up the Home webpage of your Flash website. Now we will continue to build the individual webpages.
Add Content For The Home Webpage Of Your Flash Website
Now that we have positioned the keyframes for the webpages along the Timeline of your Flash website, we are ready to build the individual webpages by adding the images, text, buttons and etc. onto a new layer that we will call Content. We will add the specific content for the Home webpage.
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