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Author: Elizabeth Whalen

Part 3: Adding navigation control to the content.

Now, you have one slide per frame, but you don't want the movie to play straight through. We'll some buttons and some simple Actionscript to control the navigation.

  • Create a layer called "ActionScript." Add a stop action to each frame of the timeline:
  • stop ();
  • Create a layer called "Buttons." Pull a forwards, backwards, and home button to the stage from the Flash common library, or create new ones. Put all of the buttons on Frame 1 of the Buttons layer. Then, add a keyframe to the last frame of your movie--so your buttons will appear in all frames of your movie.

    Add this script to the next slide button:
  •  on (release) {
    nextFrame ();
    }
    Add this script to the previous slide button:
    on (release) {
    prevFrame ();
    }

    Add this script to the home button:

    on (release) {
    gotoAndPlay ("1");
    }
  • Now, test your movie. You should be able to see your content, and navigate between slides using your buttons.

Other fix-ups:

Once you have your most of your PowerPoint content into Flash, you might have to do a bit of cleaning up. You might want to reimport bitmap graphics (or, better yet recreate as vector drawings, so they can be scaled without losing quality.) You can also make your presentation more Flashlike, by adding animation or more interactivity with ActionScript or movie clips.
» Level Intermediate

Added: 2002-08-20
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Elizabeth Whalen is a technical writer, interested in Flash and the Web.
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