Join Paul Trani for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the Timeline, part of Creating a First Web Site with Flash Professional CS5.
The Timeline will not only be where all of the animation takes place, but where…you can also build out the sections for your web site.…So if I expand out my Timeline just by grabbing that line, I can see all of…my content in here.…And currently all of my content exists in this first frame.…So I'm going to space out everything, and I really want to space everything…out to about 50 frames.…So as you can see, I can select the various frames and what I want to do is I…want to extend out, say for instance, the Clouds layer here.…
So I can right-click and all I need to do is Insert Frame.…That extends out the timeline.…So let me click on this number 1 and if I hit Enter, you can see that it'll play…through my Timeline now.…And it just shows my content for that very first frame since it only exists…in that first frame.…So if want to extend out everything what I can do is just do click and drag to…select all of these frames.…Now, I can do a right-click and Insert Frame.…
Now everything has been extended out to this 50th frame.…
- 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
Skill Level Beginner
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: