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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

Linking to a web site


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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5

with Paul Trani

Video: Linking to a web site

Eventually you are going to want to add functionality to link out to other web sites or web pages. And this project is no difference because I do have this button, as I scroll over, this "follow me on Twitter" button. So I am just going to go ahead and select that button and for this button I want it to link out to a Twitter page. The first thing I need to do is go to the Properties panel and give it a unique instance name, so I call it twitter_btn.

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Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5
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
Subjects:
Web Interaction Design Projects
Software:
Flash Professional Illustrator
Author:
Paul Trani

Linking to a web site

Eventually you are going to want to add functionality to link out to other web sites or web pages. And this project is no difference because I do have this button, as I scroll over, this "follow me on Twitter" button. So I am just going to go ahead and select that button and for this button I want it to link out to a Twitter page. The first thing I need to do is go to the Properties panel and give it a unique instance name, so I call it twitter_btn.

Okay for this button, what I want to do is want to go to the Code Snippets panel. So go the Window > Code Snippets. It happens to be right back here and if I open up the Actions folder right there at the top is Click to Go to Web Page. Perfect. That's exactly what I want. I will just double-click it. It adds it in that first keyframe right there in my Actions layer below all my other functionality and gives me a comment as well as instructions on how to sort of customize this.

So here is my Twitter button. It's listening for a click and then it fires off this function and now all I really need to do is change this URL. So I am going to change this to twitter.com, and I am just going to do /jilldesigner and notice that it also says blank right here. So it's going to open up in a new window, which is sort of the proper functionality that you want. If you want it to appear in the same window and essentially sort of overwrite your site or replace your site, then you can actually get rid of that entirely.

But again I want it to open up in a new window. All right, with that squared away, I will go to the Control and test out this movie, and all my other buttons work just fine, but I am going to go ahead and click on follow me on Twitter. It opens up a web browser takes me directly to that URL. This can be any URL, whether it's within the same domain if you will or another web site entirely. But again, this functionality is pretty common and as you just saw, it's really pretty easy to add to any project.

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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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