Building Flash Web Sites For Dummies
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You can get Flash-y with your Web site -- here's how!
Know your audience, plan your site, and make it both interactive and cool
Gone are the days when you could get by with a boring Web site. With Flash, you can add interactivity, video, an exciting and easy-to-navigate interface, and eye candy like custom cursors and flying text. This friendly guide makes Flash fun and easy, so you can have your site up and running in no time.
Discover how to
* Build an interface with custom buttons and menus
* Include animation and soundtracks
* Dress up your text
* Create tween animations
* Create ActionScript objects
* Test and publish your site
On how to assemble the site, your next job is to create a storyboard (or as some designers call them, comps) to present to the client. You can easily create multiple variations of an idea by using a Fireworks feature normally used for animation. To use Fireworks to create a storyboard of your Web design for client review, follow these steps: 1. Launch Fireworks. 2. Open your mind-mapping session. 3. Refine the shapes and add text to the banner. 4. Flesh out the navigation menu section of the site.
TargetMC symbol from the document Library and align it to the intersection of the menu and banner symbols. In the design I’ve created, the menu has a curve, therefore I align it to the end of the curve where it intersects with the banner. You can use the Properties Inspector to precisely align the TargetMC symbol. Type the horizontal position of the Menu symbol in the X text field and then type the vertical position of the Banner symbol in the Y text field. 6. Open the Properties Inspector. 7. In.
Complex animations that span multiple layers. When you create a layer folder, you can collapse several layers to a single icon in the timeline window. When you need to access the layers within the folder, you expand the layer. Here’s how you create a layer folder: 1. Select the uppermost layer that you want to store in a layer folder. 2. Click the Layer Folder icon near the lower-left corner of the timeline window. Flash creates an empty layer folder, as shown in Figure 3-20. Figure 3-20: Store.
Follow a motion path Just because you create a motion path, don’t expect the designated object to follow it. Oh no, you have to grab the object by the scruff of the neck and drag it to the motion path. (If it kicks and scratches, turn off your computer because it may have a virus.) Talk about leading your horse to water. But in this case, when you align an object to a motion path, it will follow. When you align the instance to the path, remember to drag it by its registration point (the dot with.
Type 100-(pan_control.level*2). Be sure to click the Expression box. 3. In the left pane of the Actions panel, click Statements➪Variables and then double-click set variable. Ah yes, another variable. 4. In the Variable field, type vol; in the Value field, type volume_control.level. Be sure to click the Expression box. This variable records the current _x property of the volume control slider, which will be a value between 1 and 100. 165 166 Part III: Adding Bells and Whistles 5. In the left.