Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5
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Creating the first Flash file


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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

with Paul Trani

Video: Creating the first Flash file

The first thing I am going to do is I am going to create a new file. And it's pretty straightforward. I am given the Start menu here. I do want to point out that you can create files from templates. So these are pre-built files that are actually pretty powerful. But again, what I want to do is create a new file, and I am going to select ActionScript 3.0. So here is my new file. As you can see, I can see the properties for it off to the side. I can see my toolbar over on this side as well. I am not crazy about this workspace, so I can change it.

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2h 45m Beginner Jul 27, 2010

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5 shows how to make a fully functional, dynamic web site in Flash Professional CS5. This course covers the fundamentals of creating and importing content, adding smooth 2D and 3D transitions, and adding button functionality that goes beyond links. This course will also show how to integrate and control video and audio as well as how to implement a gallery and a contact form. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding web design
  • Creating buttons and web graphics in Photoshop
  • Formatting text with the Text Layout Framework
  • Using the Timeline
  • Creating a custom looping animation
  • Loading images in a gallery
  • Creating invisible buttons
  • Adding music and video to a site
  • Customizing video playback controls
  • Optimizing and publishing a web site
Subject:
Web
Software:
Flash Professional Illustrator
Author:
Paul Trani

Creating the first Flash file

The first thing I am going to do is I am going to create a new file. And it's pretty straightforward. I am given the Start menu here. I do want to point out that you can create files from templates. So these are pre-built files that are actually pretty powerful. But again, what I want to do is create a new file, and I am going to select ActionScript 3.0. So here is my new file. As you can see, I can see the properties for it off to the side. I can see my toolbar over on this side as well. I am not crazy about this workspace, so I can change it.

I am going to go to Window, down to the bottom, Workspace, and I am going to go ahead and select Classic. So Classic actually gives me my toolbar on this side. It gives me the Timeline at the top, some additional icons right here, and again, I can sort of click on any one of these to expand it out. But what I want to do is I just want to sort of open up a couple of panels that I know are important. Such as the Properties panel and the Library panel. So I really want to sort of put these sort of on top of each other. So I am just going to go ahead and drop this one, sort of nest it right down here underneath the Properties panel.

Because I know I am going to be using the Library a lot, where I am going to store a lot of graphics, and I am going to be modifying those graphics' properties as well. And of course everything is going to exist on the Timeline. So again, these are the important panels I want to be aware of and again they allow me to do certain things. In this case, for this document, with it selected, I can go ahead and Edit the Size. So again, the sort of first step is just modifying the document size to something more appropriate for a web.

1000 pixels wide by about 600 pixels tall will ensure that it fits in a browser nicely. Click OK and there I am. So all the Adobe shortcut keys work just fine in Flash. So if I hold on the Spacebar, I can pan around like that. I can hold down the Command and do a Plus or Minus, or Ctrl key if you are on a PC. But you can see I can start to manipulate this area here. I can also use this tool here, Fit in Window.

But in general, I am actually ready to design. I can go ahead and start designing. But what I definitely want to do for sure is make sure my file is saved. So I am going to File > Save. I am going to save out this FLA file. This is my working file, so I don't want to throw this file away for sure, but any file I create is going to be based on this working file. So I will click Save and now I am ready to go. I can start designing in Flash.

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Q: I followed all the steps and suggestions in the "Adding a progress bar" video, but when I add the progress bar to my web site, I can’t remove it once the index.swf file loads up. The progress bar remains on the homepage and the rest of the pages. How do I make it disappear once the site loads?
A: To make it disappear, just make sure the progress bar is only in frame 1. If it’s on its own layer, then right-click on the 2nd frame in that same layer and select "Insert Blank Keyframe." That will make it disappear.
Q: Despite following the steps in the "Adding a progress bar" video, I cannot figure out how to keep the progress bar from appearing on a movie that has finished loading. How can I make the progress bar disappear?
A: Just add the red line below to the preloader.fla file. This will make the progress bar invisible: 
"function contentLoaded(evt:Event):void { //Optionally change to a clip holder and set progressbar visibility. addChild(contentLoader); progressbar.visible = false; }"
 
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