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add new menu item to existing flash file

flash cs4 add menu item to existing flash file



9:27 am on Nov 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi all,

I am a newbie here :-) I am learning flash at the moment and a friend has asked me to add to an existing flash menu.

I am using Flash CS4 and I have to original fla file, the problem is that I don't know where to start with this. I can duplicate and rename a menu item, but it isn't working. I am positive I am missing something though. There has to be a way to extend the menu to include 1 more item.

I am not sure what information to give you guys to be able to help me although I have no problem uploading the file to rapidshare or a direct link from that site.

Thanks in advance.


6:01 pm on Nov 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

Welcome aboard cpsarros, this board is a bit different than most, no links to anything but "authority" sites - see TOS [webmasterworld.com].

Is this an open source/purchased navigation, or custom created? If it's purchased, there should be some documentation by the author.

It would be difficult, if not impossible, to help without knowing how the menu is built. One would have to see the overall structure of the .fla, the way the symbols are assigned ActionScript, and the ActionScript code. It could be as simple as defining a new object for the menu or like you say copying and pasting an instance of a menu item object and adjusting the A.S. accordingly.

Someone fairly quick at Flash could figure it out, but without all the gory details it's a shot in the dark. Start with the author.


6:44 am on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Hi rocknbil,

I read the TOS and see no reference to authority sites. I am guessing that means my own site, right?

My mate was putting this together from a template he had purchased and has asked me to take over now. He doesn't have any documentation for this template, not sure where he got it from though.

What info can I put in here to get the correct help that I need.



5:49 pm on Nov 6, 2009 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member rocknbil is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

You are correct, "authority sites" is something that was revealed over time in discussion (hint to Mr. Tabke, perhaps a slight modification of #13 is warranted?)

13. Please do not drop promotional urls, signature files, nor specifics that would lead people to your site. Signing your name is fine, however commercialized posts or resume signatures will be edited. We tend to err on the side of caution to protect the integrity of the system. Affiliate based URLs are not allowed anywhere on the system.

I'm not sure how to answer your question. Without actually seeing the .fla layout, timeline, symbols, and the ActionScript, it would be difficult to relate in text. Maybe you can figure out how to

- briefly describe the stage/timeline layout. Example: "nothing on the stage, timeline is one frame long with only ActionScript in layer 1." (This would be awesome, as it means it's only ActionScript.)

- Post relevant sections of the ActionScript so someone can get a "feel" for how it's laid out.


1:01 am on Nov 7, 2009 (gmt 0)

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OK I will give it a try.

There are 3 main layers, the black background, the lines between the items and then the items themselves.

There are 64 frames in total, below is the main layer
frame 1: Stage.showMenu=false;
frame 64: stop();

An item or button has 10 frames
frame 1: stop();
frame 10: stop();
on (rollOver) {
on (rollOut, releaseOutside) {
on (release) {


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