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Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional
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Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional

with Paul Trani

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The last step in creating a portfolio site is publishing it, which is a very exciting part of the process, because it's my chance to show the site to the world. So I actually want to start in this index.fla file. I'm going to open it up, in Flash of course, and I'm going to just go to the Publish Settings. So File>Publish Settings. In the Publish Settings dialog box, you can see that I have Flash checked, I have HTML checked and then I can also publish out to these different mediums.
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  1. 1m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 7s
    2. Using the exercise files
      34s
  2. 24m 1s
    1. Understanding web design
      2m 44s
    2. Creating a Flash file
      3m 18s
    3. Importing a design from Photoshop
      7m 45s
    4. Optimizing the design
      10m 14s
  3. 13m 59s
    1. Dynamically loading an image
      3m 37s
    2. Loading random images
      10m 22s
  4. 47m 38s
    1. Creating menu buttons
      8m 18s
    2. Adding functionality to buttons
      8m 56s
    3. Adding navigation
      9m 45s
    4. Creating transitions
      12m 0s
    5. Simplifying code
      8m 39s
  5. 26m 11s
    1. Creating web site sections
      7m 41s
    2. Dynamically loading sections
      11m 7s
    3. Linking to web sites and email addresses
      7m 23s
  6. 29m 18s
    1. Setting up a portfolio
      12m 31s
    2. Adding functionality to thumbnails
      10m 10s
    3. Allowing for unlimited thumbnails
      6m 37s
  7. 41m 17s
    1. Benefits of using XML
      4m 42s
    2. Loading XML content
      4m 34s
    3. Sorting XML content
      7m 32s
    4. Displaying XML content
      7m 35s
    5. Using XML to create thumbnails
      8m 41s
    6. Displaying content with thumbnails
      8m 13s
  8. 25m 59s
    1. Creating and importing video
      9m 47s
    2. Adding a Full Screen button
      4m 15s
    3. Creating custom video controls
      4m 50s
    4. Adding functionality to video thumbnails
      7m 7s
  9. 9m 12s
    1. Adding audio to buttons
      5m 30s
    2. Adding audio to dynamically created buttons
      3m 42s
  10. 21m 19s
    1. Applying professional transitions
      9m 26s
    2. Creating a preloader
      8m 56s
    3. Publishing a web site
      2m 57s
  11. 3m 15s
    1. Reviewing the "corporate" Flash site
      1m 40s
    2. Reviewing the "artistic" Flash site
      1m 35s
  12. 12s
    1. Goodbye
      12s

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Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional
4h 4m Intermediate Feb 17, 2010

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Flash and ActionScript are ideal for creating flexible, easily updatable web sites that are both unique in design and small in file size. In Creating a Portfolio Web Site Using Flash CS4 Professional, Adobe Certified Instructor Paul Trani shows how to exploit Flash to create a web site that showcases work to clients and prospective employers. Find out how to add dynamic navigation, animation, and video to a page, and how to load, sort and display XML that enables portfolio content to be updated without opening Flash. This course is designed to take your existing tweening skills and gotoAndPlay code and walk away with a fully functional Flash site. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Optimizing and publishing a Flash web site
  • Designing a professional photo or video portfolio
  • Adding button interactivity
  • Adding functionality to portfolio thumbnails
  • Displaying content with XML
  • Adding audio to portfolio presentations
Subjects:
Web Web Design Projects
Software:
Flash Professional
Author:
Paul Trani

Publishing a web site

The last step in creating a portfolio site is publishing it, which is a very exciting part of the process, because it's my chance to show the site to the world. So I actually want to start in this index.fla file. I'm going to open it up, in Flash of course, and I'm going to just go to the Publish Settings. So File>Publish Settings. In the Publish Settings dialog box, you can see that I have Flash checked, I have HTML checked and then I can also publish out to these different mediums.

But again, this is a website, so I'm going to make sure these two are checked. Let's take a look at the details of each one of these. I'll leave the file name alone. I'm going to click on the Flash tab first. So just to review, this site does require the Flash 10 Player and now the Flash 10 Player, most users have it, I think it's about 95%, if not more. So you definitely covered as far as the Flash Player version that they need. Now one thing I do want to point out is the Audio event.

If your audio sounds degraded in any way, you might want to come in here and set the audio to something higher, so I'll keep it at MP3, but I might want to up to the Bit rate to as high as say CD-quality. Something like that would be a good idea to do. Other than that, I'm going to make sure Compress Movie is selected and everything else is looking good. Let me go over to the HTML tab and I can take a look at what I have available.

the Template, I'm going to use Flash Only - Allow Full Screen, because I do have a Video section that has those Full Screen buttons. So I'm going to make sure that's selected. As for the rest of this, it's pretty typical. I want the quality to be high and really, for the most part, you don't need to change any of these values. So really, all you need to do from there is click the Publish button. What that generates, as I select OK and minimize Flash, it will create this HTML and this SWF file.

So let's take a look at it. I'll just double-click on this HTML and it'll open up in a browser, my website. So here it is and I can go ahead and navigate through it and you pretty much can see what it's generated. Now it's loading up different content as well, this about.swf. So let me close my browser, because I just do want to point out that I have to make sure all of these files right here, including these folders, all need to be uploaded with my site.

The only things that don't get uploaded are, of course, these files, these working files, the FLA files. So that's it. That's all you need to do. Once you have everything published, you can go ahead and share your site with the world.

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Q: While following along with the course, I encountered the following error in Flash CS4: 
1120: Access of undefined property content_mc.
What is causing this error?
A: Flash is looking for something (the content movieclip) with the instance name “content_mc” but it is not finding it. Select the content movieclip on the stage. In the Properties panel give it an instance name of “content_mc”. Make sure there are no spaces before or after. That should resolve the error.
Q: What is the best strategy for integrating 720/60P HD video into a website? Would creating a blank page that opens in full HD resolution be the best way to view the full quality of the HD video file?
A: A video file that large would just be unreasonable for most users to open.  These settings are a good place to start: 600x400is
24-25fps
Audio: 128kbps
Codec: On2VP6
Bitrate level: 1,000kbps
Bitrate Encoding: VBR These are just recommendations, and can be modified to preference. Also keep in mind that in Flash, one of the buttons that can be added is a full screen button, which is part of the skins.
 
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