This week I learned how to link pages within Flash and also how to upload webpages to the internet.
First I made an animated button that linked to another scene. This was quite easy. It was just a case of making an animated button, which I already knew how to do, and then using some action script to make it so when it is clicked on, you are taken to another scene. I just made a new scene with a title saying 'scene 2' and then applied the script to the button, and it worked!
Next I learned how to upload it to the internet. I opened a free webspace account at tripod.co.uk, and then followed the procedure that eduardo showed us. It was quite easy really, but I don't like the way it turned out. Because the space is free, they put banner ads on your page, and it covers over my animated button! Take a look:
I've got some free webspace from my ISP so I might use that instead from now on, because I don't like the ads on tripod.
After that I made a Flash file that had linked pages. For some reason no-one in our class including Eduardo could get the scene link thing to work so we just linked to frames instead. I think this is better anyway because this way you don't have to keep remaking the menu and stuff for each scene because linked frames are just in 1 frame only. I used the animated button from earlier again, and copied to frames 20 and 40, and added page titles above the buttons. Then I just applied some action script to each button so that when they are clicked on they go to the right frame. I had to put the 'stop' script thing in again too so the animation wouldn't start and repeat. It works fine and I think is very useful for linking different sections in my website and also maybe for creating a thumbnail galleRy. Here's the swf:
My client has now seen my designs and like me thinks that the 2nd design is the best. I will now work on that design and then show the client my progress in about a week or 2.
Peer Review - Christina
This week christina's weblog has her work using sounds in animations. She seems to be ok with all that sound stuff. I didn't get a chance to try because i didn't have any headphones to hear the sounds in this weeks session. She talks about having trouble with getting the scenes to link, and i had exactly the same problem. She sorted it out in the end the though and the linking works fine. She also talks about changing her font for her website after recieving feedback from her client. This shows she is willing to compromise certain design decisions for her client.