Welcome to our general help document. You will find basic ...Document Transcript
Dreamlinestudio Flash (Starter Document)
Welcome to our general help document. You will find basic information to get going
on your flash product. Click on the Bookmarks button on the left for quicker info.
You must be using Flash Software to edit our templates. Flash MX 2004 format is
available upon request, but the latest program is recommended LINK
Before you edit your template, please save it on disc or a secure place on your hard
drive. It’s always wise to keep a clean copy of your product.
Generally flash templates come with .fla source files and the final product
compressed .swf file. Html files may also be included in your purchases.
Step 1. The .fla file
The .fla file is a red icon and is the open-source document you need to edit your
flash template. This file can be opened with Macromedia Flash Software. If you do
not have this software, you can download a demo here.
Step 2. Flash Library
The next step we recommend is to explore your template and arrange the library to
your liking. Bring up you library window by pressing (Ctrl+L) on your keyboard. Once
the library window appears, press the “kind” button to auto organize.
We recommend spending a few a few minutes searching through the elements and
renaming them to your liking, simply right click and rename. Double click on the
movie clips to access the “hearts” of the website.
Step 3. Timeline
Know how the timeline works. The timeline hold all the layers that make up your
whole flash website. Along with editing through the library, you can slide the timeline
dragger (highlighted yellow) across to view the different elements. Here you can
view all the sounds, actions, graphics, and text being used. We do recommend that
you modify through the library first, but editing through the timeline can be as
effective as well.
Step 4. The Art of Double Clicking
You will find that you will be doing a lot of double-clicking whether in the library or
on the stage. Editing text, modifying movie clips, graphics requires “double clicking”
Step 5. Editing Images
So you want to edit images, we will show you the easy way to do this, open the
library (Ctrl+L) and look for your image you want to edit/replace. Next, right click on
the image icon and choose “properties”.
Once you choose the properties option, you should see your “image properties”. Here
you can see how big the image is in pixels, and your compression data.
Make sure the image you are replacing has the same pixel dimensions. Click on the
“Import” button and browse for your image, it’s that simple. If you are using an
image of different pixel dimensions, replace by using the main timeline.
Step 5.1 Editing Text
Editing text in Flash is perhaps the easiest part in your development. I will show
you step by step how to edit.
Hopefully you have the flash document and a cold drink next to you. One of the first
objects you will see is your Flash Timeline.
1. Make sure that your layers are NOT locked, if they are you will be unable to edit
anything in your product. Click on the lock if you happen to see any lock icons on
any layer. Okay next?
There are 2 ways to access text.
1. Drag the timeline slider across revealing text as you go. (Fig.2)
2. Access the Flash Library (Ctrl+L) and double click on the movie clip containing the
Movie clips are represented by the purple "gear" icons. A good way to organize your
movie elements is to press the "kind" button. Also renaming the movie clip to
something you remember is recommended.
Once you find the text you want to edit, simply double-click on the text until you can
edit. Please invest a few minutes double-clicking on movie elements, running the
slider. This is the best way to learn more and know where certain aspects of the
template are located.
Step 6. Modifying Text
It is important you have your “properties” window open to make edits to text color
One you select the “Properties” option, you will see this palette: You must have the
text selected to view these properties.
Step 7. Email Links
First create a button, press F9, double click “getURL” and place the codes below.
In Flash you can use the mailto: email link method to open a new email window.
Most browsers support these email links, but an email client must already be set up
for the browser. In a getURL action place mailto: followed by the email address (no
space between them) and leave the Window: box blank.
You can use 'search parameters' to automatically fill-in subject, body and other
entries in the email. To add parameters to the email you add a question mark (?)
following the email address, then the parameter is added, followed by an equal sign
(=) and the text to be entered. Parameters include subject, body and cc.
Additional parameters can be added by separating them with an ampersand (&) and
mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org?subject=Flash&body= I have some questions.
Some browsers do not support email parameters or only support some of them. If
unknown parameters are included then the browser will just ignore them.
Step 8. Done Editing
After your done editing, it’s time to prepare to embed your flash website into a html
page. You can do these 2 ways. You can either publish the html flash or do it
manually through Dreamweaver, FrontPage, or any other html editor.
To publish your html file through flash, simply go to: File>Publish Preview>HTML.
This will save both the finished .swf file and the html file in the same directory where
you have your source files saved. If this html happens to be your main index page,
you will have to rename the html to index.html
If you do not want to use flash to publish your html page, you can do it manually
using your html editor.
Embed this code in an html document by specifying certain parameters like height,
width, quality, etc. The following example shows the necessary html code to place
into an .html document in order to embed a movie. To change the embedded swf file
you have to modify the parameters in blue. Other important parameters are in red.
b#version=6,0,0,0" WIDTH="400" HEIGHT="80" id="name" ALIGN="">
<PARAM NAME=movie VALUE="movie.swf">
<PARAM NAME=quality VALUE=high>
<PARAM NAME=bgcolor VALUE=#FFFFFF>
<EMBED src="movie.swf" quality=high bgcolor=#FFFFFF WIDTH="400"
HEIGHT="80" NAME="movie" ALIGN="" TYPE="application/x-shockwave-flash"
Step 9. Uploading files to your web host account
The only files you will need to upload are .swf and html. Make sure the main
.swf file is embedded in the html file. Place in the same folder or directory.
File Transfer Protocol (FTP)
In order to transfer files via FTP, you must have an FTP client installed on your PC.
1. Connect to your Virtual Server via FTP using your login id and your login
password that you received in your email Configuration Letter. Do not
login as "anonymous", as you will not have access to the directories and files
2. After you log in, you will be placed in your Virtual Server home directory
(~/usr/home/login_id). This is the same directory you find yourself in when
you connect to your Virtual Server via Telnet or SSH.
3. Your FTP client should allow you to select the file transfer mode, either ASCII
or BINARY. Use ASCII mode to transfer text files and BINARY mode to
transfer binary files. Most FTP clients have an "Automatic" transfer mode
option that can be set. When this option is selected the FTP client will
automatically determine which file transfer mode to use when you upload or
If your computer is a Macintosh, Fetch is probably the most popular FTP Client
available and is quite easy to use. Specific instructions about how to use Fetch are
a. Establish a connection to your Virtual Server by selecting the "New
Connection" button under the "File" menu. Specify your domain name (or
temporary domain name if your domain name has not yet been registered) as
the "Host", your login name as the "User ID", and your login password as the
b. You will want to navigate to the ~/www/htdocs,
~/usr/local/etc/httpd/htdocs, or the folder you indicated as the
document root if you created a subhost. folder on your Virtual Server. This is
the directory where you will store your web content.
c. To upload content to your Virtual server you can either drag files and folders
from your desktop to the Fetch window or select the "Put File..." button and
select files and folders.
d. Be sure that all HTML documents and cgi script are transferred in ASCII
mode. Graphics should be transferred in Binary format. Fetch also has a
setting, "Automatic", that you can select- Fetch will then automatically
determine which mode to transfer the file (we recommend you use the
Here is a list of good resources you can go to and help you answer and help in your
Upon opening your flash files you receive a “wrong file format”; it may because you
need to update your flash software. Contact us so we can format your flash files to
your program version. We recommend using the latest software
You may see “missing fonts” ignore and use Arial or verdana as default. If you need
a specific font, please contact us.
It may appear as though there is nothing on the stage. If this is the case, open the
flash library panel (Ctrl+L). You will then see all the movie contents.
You may encounter frustration when playing with flash. Flash does have a learning
curve, but hang in there…it’s worth the patience. A punching bag may help.
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Dreamlinestudio Design Team