This week’s lecture began by our first task which was a review of what we had done the previous week. This was great because I couldn’t really remember how we had made the animated buttons. Anywayz we made these buttons and put them on a scene which would further develop to form a menu page. We then assigned these buttons to pictures. So when one button is pressed it would open a picture onto the page. When the second button is pressed it shall open a different picture onto the page. This was simply done by importing pictures into the scene and when a button is pressed it shall jump to the frame location which the picture is located on the timeline. So this meant that we had to use action script on the time line by inserting STOPS so that it wouldn’t loop.
Anyhow it was very useful to learn and it meant that you could actually create a whole website on one scene with multiple pages. This is what I came up with.
Our next task was to create a simulated load. The purpose behind simulated loading it to help interact with the user by informing them of what is going on. For example if we have a massive website which takes up a lot of memory and someone who may be using a low speed internet connection the webpage will obviously take some time to load. So within that time if we have an animation telling the user that it is in the process of loading it lets them know they are on the right track.
Anyways we did this by making an animation which said loading and frame by frame the number of dots on the loading increased by one. We then had to use action script. And basically what we told it to do is to allow the animation of the “loading” to keep looping until the last frame of the webpage had finished downloading. It is actually a very simple task and very effective in terms of communication with the user (Human Computer Interaction).
My first attempt worked but wasn’t visible because my webpage was so small it downloaded it within less than half a second, so the simulated loading was not noticed. So this tells us that there’s no point in using this feature on a website you intend to use on if it is so small it doesn’t take long to load up anyway.
I did this task again by making the webpage a lot bigger which was by importing a picture that hadn’t been optimised. This demonstrated the simulated loading a lot better.