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Lesson 5. Adding Basic Interactivity

Lesson 5. Adding Basic Interactivity

So far, you have created a movie with a timeline that plays sequentially, one frame after the other. That's all well and good, but you're probably impatient to get to all this interactivity stuff you keep hearing about. Not to worry—interactivity is the subject of this lesson.

In Flash, you can set up your movie to be interactive. When you reach a particular frame, and you click a button or move the mouse pointer over it, press a key, or enter information in a text box, an event is triggered. To make interactivity possible, you assign actions to a frame or an object, such as a button or movie clip. Actions are sets of instructions written in ActionScript, Flash's full-fledged scripting language.

The Actions panel is useful for adding interactivity. Chrissy Rey

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

In this lesson, you will:

  • Explore the Actions panel

  • Add actions to frames to control the timeline

  • Create a button and add actions to an instance of the button

  • Create and use a template

  • Add actions to open a URL and send an email

APPROXIMATE TIME

This lesson takes approximately one hour to complete.

LESSON FILES

Media Files:

Lesson05/Assets/visitorinfo.swf

Lesson05/Assets/assets.fla

Starting Files:

Lesson05/Starting/zoo20.fla

Completed Project:

Lesson05/Completed/zoo23.fla

Lesson05/Completed/Zoo Template.fla

Lesson05/Completed/visitorinfo1.fla


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