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by Ron Kurtus

Readers have sent in a total of 21 comments and questions on Using Flash issues. They are listed according to date.

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General Problems in learning Flash Brazil
 
Concepts Movie keeps playing RSA
 
Swish Do movies play on every computer? USA
 
Simple Animations Wants free lessons USA
 
Planning How to create a flash animation movie USA
 
General Wants to do Flash animations USA
 
Interactive Buttons Having trouble making a button
 
Simple Animations How to do it
 
Director Using quiz in Director
 
Simple Animations Simple animations
 

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Problems in learning Flash

Topic: General

Question

October 31, 2004

I am in Brazil. I've been trying to learn programming using Flash. My main problem is to stablish differences between tools and resources. The main reason is I can't find definition of concepts. Another reason is Macromedia is modifying the layout that turn most existing literature obsolete. I couldn't find the difference between Movie Clip and Animated Graph

Ernesto - Brazil

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One good source for Flash information and tutorials is at www.flashkit.com

You can also try http://www.kirupa.com/ for information.

Certainly, do not give up on www.macromedia.com. They have much archived information.
Also check http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/usergroups/index.cfm to find user groups in Brazil. They are a good source for information.

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Movie keeps playing

Topic: Concepts

Question

September 1, 2004

Hi, whenever i create a document in flash whaether it be a presentaion or movie, i add my content & buttons. When I test the movie it plays all the scenes without letting me actually choose a button, although you can press the button when designing the application & they work. There is no help that i can find on this in flash. I can do the other things like moving graphics & effects & that sort, but i can't fix this play problem.

Philip - RSA

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There are a few things to do, depending on your configuration.

One thing is to add "stop();" as an Action in a Keyfame in your movie. Click on a layer, and go to the Action panel to type in stop().

You might have to experiment on where to add stop().

You can also unclick Loop in your Publish Settings, but that probably won't affect your test.

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Do movies play on every computer?

Topic: Swish

Question

July 31, 2004

i want my flash or swish movie to open up in front page.how can i do this?
does the flash or a swish movie plays on every computer?

- USA

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You need to have the free Flash player installed on your computer for the movies to play. You can download that from www.macromedia.com.

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Wants free lessons

Topic: Simple Animations

Question

July 15, 2004

if you can tell me where to find more lessons especially free let me know ,till I can find a good job I can only rely on free bees thanks

Massell - USA

3758

Answer

Try www.flashkit.com and www.macromedia.com

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How to create a flash animation movie

Topic: Planning

Question

April 15, 2004

could you reply back, in how to create a flash animation movie step by step criteria, example target audiences, design development and so forth

cherry - USA

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You might check http://www.w3schools.com/flash/default.asp and http://www.webreference.com/dev/flash/ for good tutorials of how to create Flash animations. I hope that helps.

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Wants to do Flash animations

Topic: General

Question

February 12, 2004

I am drowing illustrations, and want make them animations. How can I learn macromedia flash online?

selda - USA

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http://www.school-for-champions.com/flash/simple.htm may help you. There are other Flash pages, as well as references to other tutorials. Best wishes.

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Having trouble making a button

Topic: Interactive Buttons

Question

February 5, 2004

hey!! was working with flash after a while...and got stuck with the "buttons". now the problem i am facing is.. after going to new symbol...and i write the name choose behaviour as button...so i get the up, over, down, hit stuff...now as soon as i get the button symbol from the library and place it in "up" and then when i go to "over" the button is ALREADY THERE. i first thought may be that's the way it should be..but coz of this reason when everything i have done and then when i say edit movie...it is not a button yet...
please explain this to me and tell me where am i going wrong.....thanx

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You can use ready-made buttons from the Common Library. Just drag one onto your stage, and it is ready to use. Click on the button and add an Action to make it do something.

It sounds like you were able to make a button OK. Then you go back to Scene 1 and drag the button to the stage from the Library. When you test the movie (Ctrl-Enter) the button should work as designed.

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How to do it

Topic: Simple Animations

Question

January 11, 2004

I would like to create the simple Flash like the moving circle, but it not works.
I use stage, circle (tool), insert frame, time ( 20), ...
Please shows me the simple flash that i can follow to make the picture (circle) moving.
Thanks

Hong -

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Try this:
1. Draw the circle or other figure.
2. At some frame like 20, from the menu: insert > frame.
3. Then click on frame 20 and from the menu: insert > create motion tween.
4. Click on the pointer or arrow tool and then drag the circle to the new position.
5. Press Ctrl+Enter to see the animation.

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Using quiz in Director

Topic: Director

Question

November 13, 2003

i'd like to know whether director mx can generate marks (overall) in a quiz.

e.g: there are 10 questions in a quiz. how would we know that how many questions that we answer correct? can we do it with director mx? how?

rheta -

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I'm sure you can do it. Macromedia may already have components to do that. Check http://www.macromedia.com/ and then go to Developers > Exchange. Also, you can check with the author of the article at mdavid@email.com.

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Simple animations

Topic: Simple Animations

Question

September 4, 2003

Thank you so much for you simple quick instructions...they helped me more than any book or other tutorial, to get started fast in making animations...greatly appreciated. Thanks,


Damian

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I'm glad the material was useful to you. Have fun making your animations.

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