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Can anybody help me in making Dynamic menu bars in Flash?





lancerfootwear
Hello, I have learned a little bit of FlashMX. Now I want design a Menu bar for my web site but i facing a problem in that and that I am not able to solve. Can anybody help me or tell me tutorial about making flash dynamic menubar wofking as hyperlinks for relative web pages.
hellrahul
OK I can help you.

But it will be better if you tell me what problems you are facing.

You should read tutorials on actionscript AS2 provided with the software.

Or you can also read some books on FLash published by Macromedia press.

If you have any specific problem you can ask it here.
I will try to solve it.
User_f_ps_other
Here's a tutorial on making an flash menu. Please see the link as shown below hope it helps you out.

http://www.pixel2life.com/twodded/t_downdown_navigation_made_easy_create_a_small_navigation_bar/page1/
BruceTheDauber
I wish I understood why people feel the need to use flash in websites --
especially for navigation. Flash is just annoying. If I specifically wanted to see an animation, yeah, maybe, but otherwise, any Flash on a website just turns me off.

Also, some people can't see your site if you use flash, and search engines often can't discover content if it is embedded in flash.
hellrahul
BruceTheDauber wrote:
I wish I understood why people feel the need to use flash in websites --
especially for navigation. Flash is just annoying. If I specifically wanted to see an animation, yeah, maybe, but otherwise, any Flash on a website just turns me off.

Also, some people can't see your site if you use flash, and search engines often can't discover content if it is embedded in flash.



Ya I totally agree to you.......
b3nsoi
dreamweaver software can solve your problem . try it
Sappho
BruceTheDauber wrote:
I wish I understood why people feel the need to use flash in websites --
especially for navigation. Flash is just annoying. If I specifically wanted to see an animation, yeah, maybe, but otherwise, any Flash on a website just turns me off.

Also, some people can't see your site if you use flash, and search engines often can't discover content if it is embedded in flash.


What does this to do with the topic? Can't you just take this to those "I am a dummy that doesn't know Flash so here is 10 reasons why no one should use it" topics. Rolling Eyes

Once more, search engines can discover Flash page thats done properly. Second of all if someone doesn't have Flash plugin installed he shouldn't visit Flash pages, its like if i had a B&W TV and wanted to watch movies in full colors... Rolling Eyes Flash is simply the next step in web development if you like it or not, now going mobile as well and you people complaining all the time are not gonna change that. Wink

Anyway back on this topic, your request is too wide to cover, it all depends how you want your menu to behave etc. Simple menu is just bunch of movie clips with getURL command hooked on onRelease event function, nothing else.
BruceTheDauber
Sappho wrote:
What does this to do with the topic?


Enough. Anyone asking how to make menus in Flash ought to know that you can make menus in DHTML and they will work better, and be more lightweight, flexible, adaptable, etc., and work on more browsers.

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Can't you just take this to those "I am a dummy that doesn't know Flash so here is 10 reasons why no one should use it" topics. :roll:


I have well over a decade's experience with web technology and programming. This has nothing to do with not knowing Flash.

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Once more, search engines can discover Flash page thats done properly.


Sometimes they can, sometimes they can't.

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Second of all if someone doesn't have Flash plugin installed he shouldn't visit Flash pages, its like if i had a B&W TV and wanted to watch movies in full colors... :roll:


How is someone supposed to know there's flash on a site before they visit the site? People visit sites and discover there's flash on the site, and they can't see the page. Sometimes they don't even know why they can't see the page, since the browser won't necessarily tell them what the problem is. If they're behind a firewall, or using harware or software that can't run an up-to-date version of Flash, they're stuck.

Having Flash on your site often means doing everything twice, since it is only polite to supply a non-flash site for browsers that, for whatever reason, don't have flash.

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Flash is simply the next step in web development if you like it or not, now going mobile as well and you people complaining all the time are not gonna change that. ;)


No it is not the next step in web development. It is a backward step. From using open standards, you have reverted to using a proprietary "standard" that changes and is not backward-forward compatible (browsers that don't have Flash 8 can't see thousands of pages on the web right now, for instance), and does not meet the web accessibility standards being promoted by W3.

If you use HTML with stylesheets, everything from mobile phones to ancient PCs and unix terminals to screen readers for the blind, to the latest, grooviest hardware can see your stuff. If you use flash, only those browsers that have flash support can see your stuff.
Sappho
BruceTheDauber wrote:
Sappho wrote:
What does this to do with the topic?


Enough. Anyone asking how to make menus in Flash ought to know that you can make menus in DHTML and they will work better, and be more lightweight, flexible, adaptable, etc., and work on more browsers.


You know that Flash menus can be adaptable as you want when using XML and PHP as well, i am not talking here about hardcoded Flash stuff. And it will work everywhere a Flash plugin is installed, doesn't matter if its browser, mobile, projector... anything. Saying that needing a plugin for that is a wrong way is like saying that C# is just plain crap couse you need .NET installed to run C# binaries.

BruceTheDauber wrote:
Quote:
Can't you just take this to those "I am a dummy that doesn't know Flash so here is 10 reasons why no one should use it" topics. Rolling Eyes


I have well over a decade's experience with web technology and programming. This has nothing to do with not knowing Flash.


I was talking in general, sorry wasn't aimed at you, couse most of the "Flash haters" that go around are those that just don't know a thing about Flash.

BruceTheDauber wrote:
Quote:
Once more, search engines can discover Flash page thats done properly.


Sometimes they can, sometimes they can't.


Mostly they can if as i said done properly, and now we see even more improvement in this field like Google trying to index swf files directly, etc. So it will just get better Wink

BruceTheDauber wrote:
Quote:
Second of all if someone doesn't have Flash plugin installed he shouldn't visit Flash pages, its like if i had a B&W TV and wanted to watch movies in full colors... Rolling Eyes


How is someone supposed to know there's flash on a site before they visit the site? People visit sites and discover there's flash on the site, and they can't see the page. Sometimes they don't even know why they can't see the page, since the browser won't necessarily tell them what the problem is. If they're behind a firewall, or using harware or software that can't run an up-to-date version of Flash, they're stuck.

Having Flash on your site often means doing everything twice, since it is only polite to supply a non-flash site for browsers that, for whatever reason, don't have flash.


Most clients i work for aren't polite then Wink If someone is using a browser without Flash support or without installed plugin i am just not targeting him anyway. Its like if i had a radio but i would still need to go visit those without radio personally couse they just can't listen to my broadcast Smile

BruceTheDauber wrote:
Quote:
Flash is simply the next step in web development if you like it or not, now going mobile as well and you people complaining all the time are not gonna change that. Wink


No it is not the next step in web development. It is a backward step. From using open standards, you have reverted to using a proprietary "standard" that changes and is not backward-forward compatible (browsers that don't have Flash 8 can't see thousands of pages on the web right now, for instance), and does not meet the web accessibility standards being promoted by W3.


Personally i think using this kind of middleware as plugins is way more better solution than rely upon some standards, as we can see with the ingoing .NET You know just look at Java and all those trouble you need to overcome to simply port games to various mobile platforms, its pain.

BruceTheDauber wrote:
If you use HTML with stylesheets, everything from mobile phones to ancient PCs and unix terminals to screen readers for the blind, to the latest, grooviest hardware can see your stuff. If you use flash, only those browsers that have flash support can see your stuff.


Don't even get me started on stylesheets, they work differently from browser to browser, some browsers support one group of attributes whereas other browsers support different group... I know its couse NO BROWSER supports W3 standart at 100% anyway Wink
BruceTheDauber
Sappho wrote:
You know that Flash menus can be adaptable as you want when using XML and PHP as well, i am not talking here about hardcoded Flash stuff. And it will work everywhere a Flash plugin is installed, doesn't matter if its browser, mobile, projector... anything. Saying that needing a plugin for that is a wrong way is like saying that C# is just plain crap couse you need .NET installed to run C# binaries.


It's a limitation, and it's crap for some purposes, as a result. Now, with a lot of websites (maybe 90% of commercial websites), you have no reason to want to lock anyone out (crooks and crackers excepted), and every reason to include as many people as possible. If they're using a browser with seriously limited limited capabilities (maybe on a mobile device), or if they're using something such as a screen reader for the blind, you still want them to visit, log in, click on your adverts, use your services, buy your stuff, or whatever.

Some sites -- mainly those oriented towards entertainment and games -- can of course insist that people use plug-ins or browsers with specific capabilities, safe in the knowledge that people interested in those sites will happily accede to the demand, but no way should a supermarket, or a utilities company or something like that be placing such demands on people who visit the site. Nor should someone who is trying to disseminate information as widely as possible (e.g., a charity or a political organization).

It's pretty much only entertainment sites that can insist on things like flash without alienating a significant part of their potential audience. Even there, there's a risk if they want to be able to reach through firewalls.


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BruceTheDauber wrote:
Quote:
Once more, search engines can discover Flash page thats done properly.


Sometimes they can, sometimes they can't.


Mostly they can if as i said done properly, and now we see even more improvement in this field like Google trying to index swf files directly, etc. So it will just get better ;)


Google will find ways to index anything, if they can, but you're still putting a barrier in their way, and it is likely that your site will be less completely indexed than otherwise.

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BruceTheDauber wrote:
If you use HTML with stylesheets, everything from mobile phones to ancient PCs and unix terminals to screen readers for the blind, to the latest, grooviest hardware can see your stuff. If you use flash, only those browsers that have flash support can see your stuff.


Don't even get me started on stylesheets, they work differently from browser to browser, some browsers support one group of attributes whereas other browsers support different group... I know its couse NO BROWSER supports W3 standart at 100% anyway ;)
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There's nothing wrong with the output of stylesheets being slightly different between browsers. You can't really expect the output of Lynx to be the same as the output of Opera on a mobile device, and both being different from IE 7 on a PC, no matter what technology you use on the server side. At the risk of stating the obvious, the web is not like print media, so you can't specify that everyone gets the same size and shape of paper, with the same colour inks and same fonts. The point is, if you use this open, standard, and backward-forward-compatible technology, the site will be useable on all those different browsers. As for the standard, well the latest versions of the browsers are a lot closer to the standard than they used to be. Differences are usually fairly subtle.
game_dev
Look ma' , another one of those boring ....

Flash is annoying vs Flash is great but oftenly mis-used
Flash is not accesible vs Flash is in 99.99999999% of webbrowsers
Flash is proprietary crap vs Flash is the future
You dont know flash vs I have 10 years experience in yada yada

.... never-ending threads!


Haha. Just kidding, boys.

You guys are cool. Really. Wink

Cheers,
gd.
htmlrules
have anyone tried going to
http://actionscript.org
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