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Chapter 10. Creating a Gallery > Loading and Displaying Images

Loading and Displaying Images

The following exercises create the thumbnails for the gallery. This is where you space and arrange the movie clips that will contain each thumbnail, define which images you want to load, and load the images into the thumbnail containers. This is typically where designers like to exhibit the most creativity in the way the photo gallery appears and functions. The arrangement of thumbnails can vary greatly, and the way users can manipulate them to view the pictures that are available to view is determined by the way you build your application at this stage.

After you figure out how to display thumbnails on the Stage, you need to create a function to display the full-size image. The full-size image needs to appear in a new movie clip container, which you use to load the full-sized image from the server. Handling the way images load is important in the application because you need an efficient way to handle loading so users don't have to sit through a lengthy loading process before seeing the gallery. Loading JPEG thumbnails and full-sized images from the server after the SWF file initially loads mean that users never have to wait long to see content.


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