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Project 2: Creating User-Defined Buttons

Project 2: Creating User-Defined Buttons

Skills and Tools: ActionScripting and Flash Symbols

When you’re working to create an interactive Flash document, the subject of buttons will always crop up. Flash’s symbol dialog box allows you to quickly create interactive buttons that give you the ability to generate a Flash document with the functionality much like any standard HTML page. The major difference between a Flash button, and a typical JavaScript rollover, is the ease with which you can create buttons with dynamic content. For example, creating a Flash symbol that pulses and changes color, or operates a pull-down menu system. However, creating a button using ActionScript coding, as opposed to a standard Flash button symbol gives you flexibility to design more creative buttons and, in some cases, will make them more compatible with standard HTML documents. To create an ActionScript button you will need two images to use for the visible button. These images can be created using an image-editing application, such as Adobe Photoshop, or you could create the objects directly in Flash. Since the objects will emulate a standard JavaScript rollover, the images should be the same size.

The Project

In this project, you’ll use two separate images to create a rollover button, using only the Timeline, and ActionScripting.


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