Today’s task was to create a movie within a button, resulting in an animated button. I’d already decided to use this technique on my website, and as it was nothing new to me I was quite confident in creating it. I decided to make the movie with a shape tween using colours. I then dragged this movie from the library into my button so that when the mouse moved over the button, the animation began.
We then had to sign up for a free account with Tripod and upload our work so far. This should have been easy, but the computer I was so cluttered with spyware that it kept redirecting my browser to some search site, as well as chucking popups at me every two minutes. This was infuriating, I’m surprised the uni doesn’t have something installed to prevent this from happening. Anyway, I worked out that if I hit escape as soon as the page had loaded, this stopped the redirecting, and slowly but surely I managed to sign up and upload my files to my URL. We had to publish our file in HTML as well, upload both files and rename the HTML to index.html. You can find it here:
Week 7 Button
After we had done this and posted it on Typepad, we were told to visit the website Flashkit.com and browse through the sound loops and sound effects sections until we chose one of each for our animation. Eduardo illustrated his with some dancing (!). I chose a loop from the dance section, and a phone’s engaged tone. I then uploaded the finished files and overwrote the old version on my webspace.
Our next task was to create an animation which showed our buttons fading in using a motion tween. I used the same button as in the previous task, and had four of them fade in over five frames. Eduardo then said we could use the ActionScript in relation to frames instead of scenes. I was happy with that, as I prefer frames. I finished the animation and saved it, then accidentally pressed a button on the keyboard which erased EVERYTHING, included stuff in my library. Despite quitting without saving, my file was gone. I still have no idea what the hell happened. Probably the damn virus infected computer. So I went home and did it all over again. Here is the second version, much the same as the original:
Other than the computer acting up, today’s session was fine. But next time I’ll save to a floppy disk, as this is the second time I’ve lost work.
- Jenny McCloskey (Word count: 445 words.)