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 How to structure a full flash actionscript 3 web site tutorial CS3 + CS4 - Part 1

Part 1 - Learn how to structure your Flash AS3 full website. Learn how to place other flash files into yours. Learn better organization for your Flash menu systems and Flash page structure. Complete with preloader load bar and text to allow you to place lots of images or whatever you want into the file and give your site visitors an indication of your sites load progress.

1.  Add a Preloader
2.  Create a container called ENTIRE SITE (content)
3.  Add Buttons


1.  Start a new file in flash
2.  Layer 1, Scene 1
3.  Set the stage to 500 X 400
4.  Set frame rate to 20
5.  Black background

6.  Downloaded the AS3 Preloader from develop php
7.  Take frames and copy them (do not copy file content), Highlight all the frames except for the file content layer.
8.  Right click directly on the selected frames and COPY FRAMES
9.    Go into your NEW FILE
10.  Make enough layers (count the number of layers you just copied and that will be sufficient).
11.  Highlight that number of frames then RIGHT CLICK on the frames and select PASTE FRAMES.

12.  Layer one will be on the bottom
13.  Rename Layer ONE and name it CONTENT
14.  Highlight the four frames and remove the frames, leaving the four layers with only one keyframe (indicated by the dot in the frame space).
15.  Now on the CONTENT LAYER select frame 2 and press F6 to make a KEYFRAME.
Now the preloader is all set and ready to go.

This will hold all of the elements of the site (kind of a container)

16.  To do this we will put in a movie clip which will be our whole site.
17.  Select the RECTANGLE TOOL from the toolbar and make a background and make it a little rounded.  Give it an edge of gray and a back of darker gray. 1.5 on the edge. 

18.  Select it by left double clicking on the keyframe (with the solid black arrow select tool) Right click it and convert to symbol - movie clip and call it (ENTIRE SITE).  Press OK, now double click

19.  Now Structure out your pages.

20.  Make a new layer and call it MENU or BUTTON MENU
21.  Make another layer and call it BACKGROUND
22.  Go to developphp.com and download the animated buttons.
23.  Highlight the ONE frame and
24.  Insert - New Symbol - Movie Clip and call it MYMENU press OK

25.  Add a new layer and paste those frames we just copied. - get rid of the words.

26.  Go back to SCENE 1 and go into your CONTENT movie clip by doubleclicking on the rectangle
Select the button layer click in the frame
Go into the LIBRARY and drag out the new MYMENU movie clip that you just made.  These buttons will control the pages. 

27.  Add another layer.  Name it PAGES.

Continue Tutorial at Part 2


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