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AffiliateDreamer




msg:3049240
 11:39 pm on Aug 16, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi,

I don't know much about flash, but I'm interested to know how one goes about creating those flash slide shows (you know the ones you see on some myspace profiles).

Is that someonething complicated to build from scratch in flash?

 

dareRock




msg:3049878
 1:23 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

the term 'complicated' is relative.....if you have no experience with flash and no programming experience, then, from scratch, it could be very complicated...

I would search on the net for 'flash slideshow tutorial' or some variation there of......also, you may want to check out 'Flash Kit', as they often have plenty of sample .flas and tutorials.

Geoffrey james




msg:3049940
 1:55 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

hi Dreamer,

I agree with dareRock to a point, I knew nothing about flash a couple of months ago, but with perserverance and about 10 hrs of trail and error I am now producing great flash projects, and have completed 2 very succesfull slideshows.

If we could sit down with you and show you, you would actualy see its not that hard and is pretty straight forward...but trying to learn without the interaction of another who knows how to is very difficult.

Trying to talk a person through it by computer would be near impossible.

Where I dont agree with dareRock though (sorry dareRock) is that maybe you should try using a script that you can get easily on the web that will perform the action of the slideshow for you. I have tried this myself and editing the code, and knowing where and how to place the code and so on can be really complicated. (in my opinion)

Try my way and see how you get on, do a search for 'flash tutorials slideshow' and print a couple off, then try working through them and see what happens. The bonus is the finished product that maybe you did yourself, and you can be proud and EXITED, even though you had SOME help.

Like anything especially this type of learning, you will have your hands in your head from time to time, you will have headaches and be able to think when you go to bed about nothing alse but the flash slideshow you want, have been there, done that, and still doing it.....hey dareRock! BUT go for it.

Take care....have an ace dy

Geoff

dareRock




msg:3049960
 2:14 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

dreamer.....geoff is right that is can be a real head-banger trying to decipher someone elses code - although, looking at it can sometimes help to understand how it works - an, for sure, if you have little experience, advil or tylenol may be required - and for those nights where the slideshow is on your mind...well, everyone has their own methods....

as for finding the scripts, a while back (probably 5 or so years) i started getitng into xml with flash and actually created a image slideshow with xml and flash - all i had to do was:
- format the size of my jpeg (or whatever format i wanted) and place them in a folder;
- and add the image filenames ( with other captions, like name, date, comments ) to an xml doc;
...and the flash app would automajically create the slideshow - a true benefit for making the slideshows on demand....

since then i have seen the same thing quite a few times - type 'flash slideshow with xml' in google, first link should be the Adobe site with a full example of how it works - it may be what you are looking for....

take Geoff's advice, spend a good 10 or so hours in flash and you'll probably get a lot further (and feel more confident using it) then you may think!

AffiliateDreamer




msg:3050645
 9:35 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

thanks for the tips.

I'm curious, are the images 'streamed' on demand or is it something that loads ALL the images and then just loops the images with a time delay?

Geoffrey james




msg:3050770
 11:01 pm on Aug 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

flash is like this..

think of a stage (like at school) say you want 5 images to fade in and fade out, there are (as far as I have done) 2 ways to do it.

First way:

Think of the kids in the play on the stage as your images

You have all 5 kids standing infront of each other, but only the first one is visable, after say 30 seconds the 1st kid slowly fades away and then you see kid num 2, then 30 seconds later they fade away and you see kid number 3 and so on.....when you get to the end, they can all replay the same actions again...over and over.

The second way needs more planning with the time line, the time line is what controls when, and for how long an object,image,or text stays visable basically, or how long, say a word takes to get from left to right.

for the second way kid one would be there in full view as soon as you look at the stage (is:your user opens your site), then they fade away and just before they disapear the 2nd kid fades IN, then they fade out and the third kid fades in and so on....

I personally favour the 1st way as is a bit easyier, and leaves out a near white background when images fade out (although this does not have to be with adjustments to timeline)

Give it a go, but also give yourself time to get into it.

try an easy exercise with just some text. then takle multiple fades

try tying 'fade me' on the stage, then work through any tutorials you download, but make sure you print them and work off them, you can get really lost moving from a tutorial and back to your flash.

take care dude, and you dareRock

Geoff

Harry




msg:3060777
 9:30 pm on Aug 25, 2006 (gmt 0)

If you own the original Flash license ;) there is a slideshow template.

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