Stopping Animation with ActionScript 3
However, we barely have time to read the second line of text before the animation repeats. We have three options to solve this problem. We could add a stop code that will stop the animation on the last frame. A second option is to add a free more blank frames to the animation in order to allow the text to display for a few seconds before the animation repeats. The third option is to stop the animation, as in the first option, but also add a replay button. Because option three incorporates the other two options, it's a good choice for a tutorial.
Open your ecard animation into Flash CS4.
- We will first add a few blank frames at the end of the Timeline. Our last frame is 89, let's add 16 blank frames which will give us a total of 105 frames. On the Background layer, right-click on Frame 105 and choose Insert Frame.
- On the Happy Thanksgiving 2 layer, right-click on Frame 105 Insert a Frame.
- We also need to extend the From Us layer. On Frame 89, select the text and click Edit - Copy. Now add a new layer named "From Us 2". On Frame 90, insert a Keyframe and then click Edit - Paste In Place. Still on this new layer, right-click on Frame 105 and Insert a Frame.
- Test your movie and you will be able to see the text for the extra 15 frames before it repeats.
- Our next step is a stop the movie on Frame 105. We need to add an Actions layer on the Timeline. Add a new layer at the top of the Timeline and name it "Actions". On this Actions layer and on Frame 105, right-click and add a Keyframe. Open the Actions panel (Window – Actions). Type in the following code.
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