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Author: Philipp Kostin | Website:
Before Flash MX, it was pretty tricky to "remeber" the data in a Flash movie - it could be done with a standard browser cookie, which was hard to implement for someone with intermediate Flash skills, using a 3rd party script such as PHP or ASP or (in offline Flash applications) with the undocumented fscommand "save". Flash MX's Shared objects allow to store and retrieve the information within a Flash movie easily. Lets see how it works.

What is a local shared object ?

Flash MX Shared objects is a new feature allow you to store information at the user's machine the same way as cookies would and retreive it at a later time. Shared objects could be used to remember the user's name, the number of the level he last played in a game, his highscore or anything else you can imagine.

Shared objects are stored in .sol files located in the Flash player directory of the user's profile : "C:/Documents and Settings/Administrator/Application Data/Macromedia/Flash Player", and have their own format.

Here is a working example of a movie using the Shared Object. Type in your name and age and click on "Save". Then, refresh this page to let Flash read and display the stored data:

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2004-02-07
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