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I recently purchased a complete xml dynamic flash web template. Proving to be a big mistake for me.
I thought their tutorials would walk me through the changes needing to be made, such as swapping out their photos with my artwork photos, changing their profiles and descriptions to mine, etc. I quickly learned my gameplan wasn't going to work how I expected.
Out of desperation I purchased several Adobe programs and thought since I had a very good background with Photoshop I could do some cramming and get started in a week. Not even close, two weeks now and I am still lost.
Any suggestions would be very appreciated.
You have a very nice forum that I lucked into.
thank you in advance for this lengthy post,
xml dynamic flash web template
Do you mean as in, an .fla from which you can generate a .swf for the web? The XML is supposed to indicate images/movies to be imported into the Flash. Or is the Flash just one of the objects in the template?
Maybe describe what this Flash template is supposed to do, someone might be able to help.
Of those Adobe programs, did you buy CS3 Flash?
I think the short answer is going to be "no" - if the template functions as I've mentioned above, this won't "convert" to HTML pages, but give us a little more info to help clarify.
Thanks for the reply, I purchased the CS3 Master Collection for my fiancee to help me out with this website template I purchased. The cost cleaned out my checking account, it does include Flash and about 10 other programs I am unfamilar with.
The flash template uses a combination of FLA;.SWF;.PSD;.PHP;.XML, There is a galleries page where you can select the 4 different flash galleries with descriptions in xml. You click on the gallery of choice and move you curser over multiple thumbnails of the art work. Once you click on the thumbnail the photo enlarges with a flash effect. When you click on the enlarge it does another flash effect and shows the photo nice and large.
I thought I could just swap out the sm and lg photos (PSD and jpg) with photos of my artwork along with a description. I quickly found out it doesn't work that way. The last page includes a paypal, merchant account view with sizes and prices.
I think your short ansewer is correct "NO" but I am still trying and now searching through other programs online, but after the investment for CS3 it is going to be awhile before I get online.
Thanks again for the reply any other suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Have a great day
[edited by: tedster at 10:39 pm (utc) on Aug. 5, 2008]
Ug... you chose something that a seasoned developer might have to struggle with.
XML isn't impossible to figure out if that's the only stopping point though it sounds like it may be. What you might be able to do is to hire a developer to work with you on the stuff you don't know/feel comfortable with. Make sure they can explain the parts you don't know clearly.
Otherwise - you've got quite a learning curve ahead of you. IMHO of course... :)
There was probably no need to buy the entire Adobe suite - which I know is in the same price league as buying a used car! Most of the web developers I know use only two products, Flash and Photoshop. Flash is available as a free trial (as I believe are most of Adobe's software suites), which would give you ample time to figure out which products you need for this project.
Can you get a refund?
My other half failed to inform me she downloaded the demos. I went online and figured she charged them so I feel alot better now. She is currently experimenting with Flash and Dreamweaver without much luck.
The template purchase was an impulse buy when I was advised from a close friend that my current website badly needed a face lift. I've been down and under construction for about 6 months now.
I jumped on this particular template because it really fits an artists portfolio extremely well. Fine art sales are down on the Florida coast, alot of the big dollar condos are going to Target or prints. So it is time to get back online with a tweaked out site.
The XML file is I believe the home page, I am new to all this so I've only watched the swf.
I think it is time to look into some into-tutorials for Flash.
Thanks all for the comments, have a great one!
I thought I could just swap out the sm and lg photos (PSD and jpg) with photos of my artwork along with a description.
Without seeing the code or the project - I would say you're really halfway there.
Flash uses XML to import data into Flash. It does this so you can very easily do as you say, alter the number or source of the items by only uploading the image and editing the XML. Example:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<image src="/images/image1.jpg" url="http://www.example.com/page1.html" caption="caption for image 1"/>
<image src="/images/image2.jpg" url="http://www.example.com/page2.html" caption="caption for image 2"/>
Flash will import this XML, and use the attributes image, url, and caption to display within the Flash. so you should be able to limit the initial test to editing the XML only and uploading the images.
This is one example, the way Flash would import images, but if you see how it works, you can probably see what relationship the XML has to any other tasks the Flash object does. You only need Notepad to edit the XML files.
The .PSD's and other image files are provided so you can change the color and nature of the graphics. You will probably have to replace them in the Flash if you wish to do this, and for THAT you'd only need to edit the Flash .fla and generate a new .SWF.
Keep plucking away at the docs, eventually it will all make sense.