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Author: Jonathan Kaye | Website: http://www.amethyst-research.com

Just About Done!

11. Save the movie to your hard drive, then test it (Control > Test Movie). This will create the swf in the same location you saved the file.

12. The last step is to integrate the custom UI with the triangle movie. Go back to your triangle movie, open the Library, and select the Triangle Component. Open the Component Definition window, and to the right of "Custom UI", press the Set button.

13. Next to Type, select "Custom UI with .swf file embedded in .fla file". The other option, "Custom UI in external .swf file" allows you to keep the custom UI outside of the triangle, which is good for testing rather than deployment. With this setting, you not only have to enter the absolute path to the file, which means that if you use the component on a different platform this has to be adjusted, but also you must distribute both files.

14. Next to Display, select "Display in Property Inspector."

15. Under "Custom UI .swf file", press Browse to locate the swf file, or Update if you have done this already and want to reload your Custom UI.

16. Finally, press OK and when you select the triangle on the stage and the Properties window is open, you will see your custom UI.

That should take care of it! When you edit a component's properties, you should see the custom UI displayed and working.

The last step is to make a Live Preview movie for the triangle.

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2002-04-16
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Jonathan Kaye, PhD, is the President and CTO of Amethyst Research LLC, an award-winning interactive design and engineering firm specializing in the creation of online device simulations. He and David Castillo are the authors of "Flash for Interactive Simulation: How to Construct and Use Device Simulations", to be published by Delmar Thomson Learning in November, 2002 (the accompanying web site will be www.FlashSim.com).
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