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Inserting Flash files

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Video: Inserting Flash files

There are some things in life that just go together. In the world of web development, Dreamweaver and Flash have been partners for a long time. This lengthy relationship has lead to some pretty impressive integration. Whether it's placing Flash content on the page, going back and forth between Dreamweaver and Flash as you work on your content, or integrating video into your web site, Adobe has made the process seamless. In this chapter, we'll take a look at integrating Flash content on to your page, setting your Flash content properties, exploring Flash and Dreamweaver integration and finally integrating video into our website by using built-in Flash controls.

Inserting Flash files

There are some things in life that just go together. In the world of web development, Dreamweaver and Flash have been partners for a long time. This lengthy relationship has lead to some pretty impressive integration. Whether it's placing Flash content on the page, going back and forth between Dreamweaver and Flash as you work on your content, or integrating video into your web site, Adobe has made the process seamless. In this chapter, we'll take a look at integrating Flash content on to your page, setting your Flash content properties, exploring Flash and Dreamweaver integration and finally integrating video into our website by using built-in Flash controls.

First, let's take a look at the process of placing Flash content on your page. Integrating Flash into your web site is as simple as having access to the SWF file. So here I have the mission.htm file opened in the 15_01 folder and I'm going to scroll down a little bit and we have an area down here on the bottom where we're going to place a banner ad. So I'm going to place my cursor right after the last paragraph and hit Return. It's going to give me a little bit of empty space there and there are a couple of different ways to insert Flash files into your pages. First, you could go to Insert > Media > SWF.

You could also go to your Insert panel and click on Media Objects and there's also the SWF option. Or you can go to the Assets panel and you can click on the Flash assets. The Assets panel is going to show you all of the different Flash assets in your site. You'll notice that we see our SWF files or S-W-F files and not the FLA files. We could drag and drop these directly on the page but we can also do that from the Files panel. I'm going to switchover to the Files panel. I'm going to go up to the _assets directory and I can see in that file I have a banner_ad.fla and a banner_ad.swf.

Now it's important that you understand the difference between the two. The FLA is the development file. That's the file that the Flash designer or developer is going to be creating your Flash content with and the SWF or SWF file is the file that you're going to be placing on your page. So whether you use one of the methods from the menu or the Insert panel, dragging and dropping from the Assets panel or dragging and dropping from the Files panel, the result is going to be the same. So I'm just going to drag and drop from the Files panel and I'm going to release the mouse. Dreamweaver is going to prompt me for some Object Tag Accessibility Attributes.

This is a good way to make your Flash content a little bit more accessible and I'm just going to type in Banner Ad for the title of that particular movie. I'm going to go ahead and click OK and there is my Flash content on the page. Now if I go ahead and save my file, you'll notice that Dreamweaver is telling me it needs to copy some dependent files over for us in order to make the Flash content run smoothly. So you can see it's going to add a Scripts directory and it's going to place an expressInstall.swf file and a swfobject_modified.js.

I'm going to talk about what those do for us in just a moment. I'm going to ahead and click OK and I'm going to switchover to Code View, so we can talk about those external files a little bit more clearly. So all the code that you see on the page right now was generated by dropping that Flash movie on to our page. So why do we need so much code for something as simple as a Flash movie? Well, unfortunately, Internet Explorer doesn't play nice like some of the other browsers do. So in order make sure that our Flash content is going to be viewable, we have to make sure that we're not triggering the active X barriers that Internet Explorer can put up.

That's where that external JavaScript file comes in. Now we have a lot of browser sniffing going on and we can check to see which version of the Flash Player people have. What version of the browser you have. And this expressInstall.swf file goes ahead and makes it easier for your users to install Flash if they don't already have it installed. So this code is dealing with all the different browser types out there, making sure that the Flash file is visible within those browsers and then giving your users options if the Flash file isn't visible, such as installing or upgrading to the latest version of Flash.

Now I'm going to switch back to Design view, preview that in my browser and there is our Flash banner ad. And we can see in there are a couple of problems with it. It just sort of is looping uncontrollably and sure does look like it's missing some contents. So that's probably something we're going to have to deal with a little later on down the road. Now as I mentioned before, it seems like an incredibly simple procedure. You're just dragging and dropping files on to the page, but between the Active X controllers, Flash Player detection and browser sniffing is going on behind the scenes, it is worth noting,= just how much work Dreamweaver is doing for you.

Make sure,= you pay attention to the external files that are being added to your site. And I'm going to close my browser, go back into Dreamweaver and once again I'm going to highlight the Scripts file that has our external files in it that Dreamweaver copied over for us. And when you upload your site, just make sure you upload those files as well and keep them in exactly the same location. That way, your Flash content is guaranteed to perform as advertised.

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  1. 2m 57s
    1. Welcome
      1m 8s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 49s
  2. 7m 50s
    1. What is Dreamweaver?
      3m 16s
    2. Learning web design
      2m 22s
    3. Current web standards
      2m 12s
  3. 43m 9s
    1. The Welcome screen
      4m 5s
    2. Windows and Mac interface differences
      2m 23s
    3. The Application toolbar
      4m 7s
    4. The Document toolbar
      4m 40s
    5. Arranging panels
      8m 19s
    6. Managing workspaces
      7m 32s
    7. The Properties Inspector
      5m 54s
    8. The Insert panel
      6m 9s
  4. 25m 45s
    1. Basic site structure
      3m 11s
    2. File naming conventions
      1m 49s
    3. Defining a new site
      4m 35s
    4. Managing sites
      4m 51s
    5. Managing files and folders
      6m 36s
    6. Working with browsers
      4m 43s
  5. 27m 21s
    1. Creating new documents
      5m 16s
    2. New document preferences
      3m 6s
    3. Setting accessibility preferences
      4m 56s
    4. Working with starter pages
      3m 46s
    5. Managing starter pages
      10m 17s
  6. 30m 2s
    1. Basic tag structure
      2m 15s
    2. Adding structure to text
      8m 20s
    3. Creating lists
      9m 59s
    4. Getting text into Dreamweaver
      5m 59s
    5. Importing Word documents
      3m 29s
  7. 1h 17m
    1. Understanding style sheets
      2m 16s
    2. The anatomy of a CSS rule
      1m 48s
    3. Setting CSS preferences
      6m 36s
    4. The CSS Styles panel
      10m 2s
    5. Controlling CSS through the Properties Inspector
      5m 14s
    6. Using the Code Navigator
      7m 21s
    7. Using CSS Enable
      6m 45s
    8. Understanding element selectors
      8m 11s
    9. Understanding class selectors
      8m 49s
    10. Understanding ID selectors
      5m 59s
    11. Understanding descendant selectors
      6m 51s
    12. Attaching external style sheets
      7m 44s
  8. 1h 47m
    1. Working with units of measurement
      7m 11s
    2. Declaring font families
      9m 39s
    3. Controlling font sizing
      9m 9s
    4. Controlling weight and style
      8m 0s
    5. Controlling line height
      8m 29s
    6. Controlling vertical spacing with margins
      12m 3s
    7. Controlling spacing with padding
      5m 39s
    8. Aligning text
      8m 26s
    9. Transforming text
      5m 36s
    10. Writing global styles
      15m 42s
    11. Writing targeted styles
      17m 37s
  9. 1h 32m
    1. Understanding image types
      5m 3s
    2. Managing assets in Dreamweaver
      12m 51s
    3. Setting image accessibility preferences
      4m 20s
    4. Setting external image editing preferences
      3m 52s
    5. Placing images on the page
      7m 37s
    6. Photoshop integration
      5m 54s
    7. Modifying Smart Objects
      5m 51s
    8. Alternate Photoshop workflows
      8m 8s
    9. Modifying image properties
      11m 14s
    10. Styling images with CSS
      7m 11s
    11. Using background graphics
      9m 3s
    12. Positioning background graphics
      11m 6s
  10. 55m 16s
    1. Link basics
      3m 37s
    2. Setting site linking preferences
      2m 14s
    3. Creating links in Dreamweaver
      11m 1s
    4. Absolute links
      5m 8s
    5. Using named anchors
      11m 19s
    6. Linking to named anchors in external files
      2m 44s
    7. Creating an email link
      5m 24s
    8. Creating CSS-based rollovers
      13m 49s
  11. 1h 34m
    1. CSS structuring basics
      2m 56s
    2. The Box Model
      13m 21s
    3. Understanding floats
      6m 53s
    4. Clearing and containing floats
      8m 56s
    5. Using relative positioning
      4m 8s
    6. Using absolute positioning
      7m 18s
    7. Creating structure with div tags
      12m 7s
    8. Styling basic structure
      10m 34s
    9. Creating a two-column layout
      10m 37s
    10. Using Live View and CSS Inspect
      7m 51s
    11. Using Browser Lab
      9m 39s
  12. 56m 22s
    1. Reviewing table structure
      7m 41s
    2. Importing tabular data
      5m 13s
    3. Creating accessible tables
      9m 56s
    4. Using thead and tbody tags
      4m 0s
    5. Basic table styling
      8m 45s
    6. Styling table headers
      7m 52s
    7. Styling column groups
      4m 22s
    8. Creating custom table borders
      5m 1s
    9. Styling table captions
      3m 32s
  13. 1h 43m
    1. How forms work
      3m 0s
    2. Reviewing form design
      3m 2s
    3. Creating accessible forms
      7m 33s
    4. Setting form properties
      4m 6s
    5. The fieldset and legend tags
      4m 32s
    6. Inserting text fields
      5m 58s
    7. Inserting list menu items
      5m 26s
    8. Inserting checkboxes
      7m 50s
    9. Inserting radio button groups
      6m 22s
    10. Inserting text areas
      4m 12s
    11. Inserting submit buttons
      3m 37s
    12. Basic form styling
      12m 0s
    13. Form element styling
      8m 52s
    14. Styling form layout
      11m 49s
    15. Adding form interactivity
      2m 47s
    16. Using Spry validation widgets
      12m 49s
  14. 1h 23m
    1. Planning for templates
      10m 51s
    2. Creating a new template
      10m 37s
    3. Using editable attributes
      13m 43s
    4. Creating optional regions
      6m 23s
    5. Creating new pages from a template
      9m 17s
    6. Applying templates to existing pages
      6m 9s
    7. Working with nested templates
      7m 56s
    8. Working with repeating regions
      12m 58s
    9. Modifying templates
      5m 41s
  15. 40m 14s
    1. Behaviors overview
      3m 47s
    2. Hiding and showing elements
      9m 18s
    3. Spry overview
      4m 4s
    4. Using Spry widgets
      11m 36s
    5. Adding Spry effects
      3m 6s
    6. Using the Widget Browser
      8m 23s
  16. 28m 18s
    1. Inserting Flash files
      5m 4s
    2. Setting properties for Flash
      6m 27s
    3. Dreamweaver and Flash integration
      6m 6s
    4. Encoding Flash video
      6m 10s
    5. Adding Flash video
      4m 31s
  17. 45m 28s
    1. Running site-wide reports
      6m 33s
    2. Checking for broken links
      5m 41s
    3. Checking for browser compatibility
      8m 3s
    4. Adding remote servers
      8m 0s
    5. Uploading files
      7m 20s
    6. Managing remote sites
      9m 51s
  18. 34s
    1. Goodbye
      34s

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