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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.
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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