MM - Adobe MX 2004
Adobe Macromedia Flash MX 2004 is still a popular version of Flash. Here are tutorials for creating animations and building a website.
* Article Index - Flash MX 2004
Adobe Flash MX 2004 has its own vocabulary and ActionScript scripting language. In these articles, you will learn the basics of the Flash MX 2004 software.
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.
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.
Add Static Text to the Flash Stage
So far you have set the dimensions of the stage and placed the image that will be the background for your navigational links at the top of the stage. Now you will add some static text to the bottom of the stage. Static text is text that does not change. This text will be the copyright information.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
How To Make A Flash Button
If you have been following along in the series, you are now ready to create menu buttons for your Flash website. We will create a template button that we will later use as the foundation to create your rollover menu buttons.
How to Make Buttons for a Flash Website From A Button Symbol
In the last tutorial we created a button symbol template that we will now use as the starting point for making more buttons. Starting from this template, we will make the individual buttons for the pages of your site.
Import A Sound Clip Into Flash And Add It To A Flash Button
In the last tutorial, you made the rollover buttons for the navigational menu of your site. Now we will import a sound clip into your Flash movie and have the sound play when the button is clicked.
Importing Your Navigational Menu Image into Your Flash Website Movie
In this tutorial we will import the image you plan to use as the background image for the navigational menu of your Flash website. We will place it on top of the stage by using the Flash Import feature. Later we will create the menu buttons that will go on top of this background menu image.
Introduction to Flash Symbols
One way to keep the file size of your Flash website movie to a minimum is to convert the major and repeating elements of your website into Flash Symbols. Flash Symbols are reusable elements that are stored in the Flash Library. Letīs convert the background elements of your website into a symbol.
Introduction to Flash Websites How Much Flash Is Too Much Flash
I've had several requests to do a series of articles about how to build a complete website with Flash. This series of articles will be about just that. But each article will be as independent as possible from the series for those of you who wish to add just one Flash component to an existing site.
Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Workspace
At first glance the Macromedia Flash MX 2004 workspace is intimidating and learning to use Flash may seem an impossible task. But as with other large tasks, when you break down the Flash workspace and examine each part separately, it becomes much less intimidating.
Preparing to Build Your Flash Website
The Flash based website that we will create during this series can be used as an online portfolio or catalog for a professional artist or crafter. Besides a copy of Flash MX 2004, you will also need a few other things; mockup of site, images and color scheme.
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.
Section Your Webpages Along The Flash Timeline
You should now have all the buttons in place in your navigational menu area. Now we will work on the Timeline of your Flash website. We will divide the Timeline into sections that will represent the webpages of your site.
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
Starting a New Flash Movie and Setting Document Properties Flash and Animation Homepage | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Flash and Animation Site Map
In this tutorial, we will begin creating your Flash website. We will start a new Flash document, also called a Flash movie, and set the document properties for this movie such as the width, height and background color.
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