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Flash Elements

Flash elements, new in Dreamweaver MX 2004, are essentially pre-built Flash movies that you can customize within Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver only comes with one Flash element (Image Viewer), but the Insert bar has an entire tab dedicated to this new feature. Without a doubt, you’ll soon see more Flash elements created by Macromedia and other third-party Flash developers, so keep your eye on the Macromedia Exchange (Section 20.2).

Image Viewer is essentially a Flash slideshow. You can add your own photos to the Flash movie; add titles, captions, and links; and choose from a variety of groovy transition effects to make the change from photo to photo more entertaining (see Figure 13-4). Sorry to say, unlike most aspects of Dreamweaver, Flash elements don’t have a user-friendly dialog box. You have to use Dreamweaver’s Tag inspector to set the various properties of the Image Viewer, as shown in Figure 13-5.


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