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How to Edit a Flash File
jphn99paul




msg:3605690
 7:38 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

I have Just Baught a Web template and i have Adobe Flash CS3 Professional but i do not know how to edit My Site
these are the file extensions xml,xml,swf,html,fla

 

Demaestro




msg:3605721
 7:57 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Typically you would edit the site files with Dreamweaver or Contribute which should have also come with your CS3 package.

Flash will not edit html or xml.

The swf file is not editable at all, it is the compiled version of the .fla.. the swf should just play like anyother "movie" file if you open it... if you open the fla it should open in Flash.

.fla is the only one you can edit with Flash.

[edited by: Demaestro at 7:59 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]

jphn99paul




msg:3605724
 8:03 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

i do not know how to edit a fla file

Demaestro




msg:3605726
 8:06 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

Flash isn't like Word or something where you can pick up and start typing and create a word doc. You will need to learn how to do things.

To start, open the fla file into Flash and play around with what you see.

Without knowing what you are trying to do it is hard to help you do it. What do you want to edit? Text? Images? Both?

jphn99paul




msg:3605731
 8:11 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

i need to edit the navigation text

Demaestro




msg:3605738
 8:22 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

So can you open it and see the text? Have you tried editing and can't? What is stopping you?

[edited by: Demaestro at 8:25 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]

jphn99paul




msg:3605743
 8:25 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

yes i need to change the text of the navigation

Demaestro




msg:3605747
 8:26 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

So what is stopping you?

jphn99paul




msg:3605748
 8:30 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

how do you edit it

Demaestro




msg:3605752
 8:39 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

With the text tool.

It looks like a capitol "T" in bold

[edited by: Demaestro at 8:40 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]

jphn99paul




msg:3605759
 8:48 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

can i email you the file and can you look at it and see whats wrong

Demaestro




msg:3605774
 9:02 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

I can take a look but I suspect that there is nothing wrong with the file and you just don't know how to edit.

I would suggest checking out some Flash tutorials because every time you need to make a change you need to be able to do it yourself.

There are a lot of them for free if you search.

jphn99paul




msg:3605778
 9:08 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

what is your email address

jphn99paul




msg:3605821
 10:21 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

i just found out how to edit my fla file but in adobe flash wen editing how do i go to the next page to edit it
because it will not let me change my page when i click on the navigation

Demaestro




msg:3605848
 11:01 pm on Mar 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

There really is no way of me telling how without seeing the whole thing.

Flash is complicated software and it isn't something so easy as going to a menu like
--> File --> Edit --> Edit Next Page

I think you are lacking a basic understanding of what a webpage is and what an FLA is. You can't just click in Flash to edit stuff. There are time lines, key frames, layers, tweens and so many other things to look at before one can answer the question.. "How do I edit my Nav in flash?"

How many frames in the time line? How many Key frames? There are a million follow up questions to help you get an answer. If you don't know what a timeline is or key frames, layers and tweens, then you are going to have extreme difficulty following even simple tutorial instructions.

I suggest if you are going to manage your site in Flash that you pick up some books or and go through some super basic tutorials otherwise you are going to find this to be very hard to do. There is just too much involved.

[edited by: Demaestro at 11:02 pm (utc) on Mar. 19, 2008]

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