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Seminar 13. Enhancing the Site Interface... > Creating Drop-Down Menus Graphically

Creating Drop-Down Menus Graphically

As you saw in Seminar 8, “Using Components in a Macromedia Flash Form,” you can create a drop-down menu in Macromedia Flash MX using two new compo-nents—ListBox and ComboBox. These components both create a version of a dropdown menu, but they both are limited in their appearances and therefore might be difficult to integrate in a movie. Many times in Flash development, you’ll want to have a custom drop-down menu that integrates with the site design for offering other menu choices. This can be accomplished through the use of buttons, movie clips, ActionScript, and transparent buttons. You will create a drop-down menu in the workshop section of this seminar.

The key to graphically creating a drop-down menu is to nest an instance of a button or buttons inside a movie clip symbol that will be used for the drop-down menu. The buttons are the menu choices of the drop-down menu. You can then simulate the illusion of a menu dropping down and rolling up through the use of motion tweens. Because you used buttons for the menu choices, you can assign ActionScript to them.


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