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Loading .TXT files in flash

There are many way to load text files into flash, but I think this is the easiest.


1. A flash document to do this with 2. Notepad, or something like it (none of those hi-tech things like microsoft word.) 3. One folder to put it all in.


The Flash Part

First of all you are going to have to open up flash. Now, create a DYNAMIC TEXT FIELD. on the stage. make the variable name for this text field "text", if you know html, and wish to be able to use it in this text field, press the button to enable HTML codes. I suggest you make the text box fairly large (if you want to put large amounts of text in it, like news on your site). Now we come to the last step that we have to take in flash... Click on the frame where your textbox is located. open your actions window and enter this:
loadVariablesNum("text.txt", 0);

The Text File Part

This is the simplest part.... in the text file type the following "text=". after that, type whatever you want the test box to say. If your using HTML, you will notice that some HTML codes wont work, bummer eh?

Not working?

Read this to see what you might have done wrong

1. If your text box is in a movie clip it wont work, you need a difrent code for that. (instuctions are below) 2. Make sure the variable name of the textbox in flash matches the variable name in the text file. 3. Make sure your .swf file is in the same folder that the text file is in. 4. Make sure the "load Variables" action has the same name at the text file 5. Make sure you have Flash MX, I dont know if it works with other versions of flash. 6. Still having problems, I dont know what to say

How to make the text show up if its in a movie clip.

You basicly do the same thing as above accept the code is a bit difrent. Say the movie clip that the text is in is called "clip". The code is as follows.
loadVariables("text.txt", "/clip");


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Added: 2004-01-24
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