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Is anyone familiar with creating pages with FlashPlayer? How can
I add a sound to a button (mouseover or click), perhaps a chime
sound or something? Is there another way, without using Flash?
might not be able to do something that extensive with it,
you might want to check out SWISH, which is a much easier way
to make flash movies than learning Flash. It's also cheaper at
$30. Check out swishzone.com. You will
be able to do the text effects that are most common, along with
bringing in images, and you can add actions to things if you want
to make a menu. Check out their samples and you can see how it
is done. I found it VERY easy to learn.
a free trial version. However, unless they have changed their
way of doing things, you will need to purchase SWISH in order
to use the files on your website. The trial version does the work
like the regular version. Once you put the file into a webpage,
you will get garbagy letters. Once you purchase SWISH, they give
you a key which makes everything come out the way it should. ~
in SWF flash file format. The mouseover sounds are pretty simple
to create. To add a sound on mouseover without flash, check out
virtuallyignorant.com/buttons/examples.html for some
As for flash,
pre-loading is the key!! Make sure all of your flash pages include
a pre-loader, as this makes them manageable for users with modems
or slower "high speed" connections. The pre-loader lets all images
and sounds download before playing them, so the flash runs smoothly.
using Flash and I learn something new everyday. Flash can be a
lot of fun as well as very frustrating at times. I suggest you
go to macromedia.com
and download the trial version. Even easier is to pick up one
of several magazines that give you a demo/trial version on CD.
The two I would suggest are Digit and Computer Arts, both published
in the UK but available in the US at most larger bookstores and
magazine shops. Don't install the trial version until you're ready
to learn. It's fully functional but only good for 30 days from
the day you first install it.
install it, visit several of the bigger flash sites and look at
the tutorials available. Here are a few to look at:
a good idea to learn about vector graphics which is what Flash
is based on. A good vector graphics tutorial can be found at jasc.com/tutorials/rlacey
are several sites that have online classes that are either free
or have a minimal charge. One nice one is trainingtools.com.
They offer many free web-based courses, plus for only $25 the
first month and $10 a month thereafter you can have access to
all the online courses they have including Flash 5.
also many good books out that will help you learn Flash. The first
one I would suggest is that Visual Jumpstart Series. They
have a book for most web and graphics programs that are out. The
books are inexpensive, usually less that $20, and are a great
primer and even some intermediate and advanced learning. Their
new Flash 5 book comes in two parts now, Basic and Advanced.
My best advice
is start with the basics and build on them. Don't try to jump
ahead without the basics. It will only confuse and frustrate you.
Flash is very
simple for adding sound to your buttons. Just add a layer in the
button editor and drag your click sound to the frame you where
want the sound to be heard in (i.e., over, or down, or hit). ~
I downloaded SWISH and created a simple "welcome to our church"
movie in about 10 minutes! Now here's another question: Does the
.SWI file have to be inserted into an HTML document, just like
a .GIF ?
For the answer,
IS IT NECESSARY
TO LEARN FLASH?
with any new visual gimmick or website toy, there are still too
many old computers out there that cannot handle Flash presentations.
We need to remember them and help their experiences on our sites
be good ones.
those who have Flash find it annoying to wait while the presentation
finishes. It's also disgruntling to seek the link to the non-Flash
page in the midst of flashiness. Some people quit rather than
try. Old browsers often crash before they find the link.
give a simple, easy-to-load page to all viewers and then add a
link to the Flash version, not visa versa.
with any fancy feature, the rule is:
use it unless it solves a problem and fulfills a real purpose.
If the site's goals are met without it, don't use it. If it's
fluff, don't use it. If the only reason for using it is that it's
cool, don't use it.
Most people come to your site seeking something specific, and
if they don't find it fast enough, they will go elsewhere.
Flash is the best way to present what your visitors come looking
for, then use it! If it's not the best way -- and even if it's
not the only way -- don't rely on Flash.
goal as Christian web designers is not to have an ego-boosting
place to show off our talents and skills. Our goal is to serve
our visitors. Does Flash serve them well? Or is it just making
us into flashy show-offs?