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Author: Jeffrey F. Hill | Website: http://www.snowvids.com

Part I - Setting up the Flash Movie

This is the easy part - basically all you need is a simple loadvariablesNum command and a dynamic text box.  You can either open up the attached download file, or you can just make a new Movie in Flash.  Either way will work - this part is really not that complicated.

Create a Dynamic Text Field named Count in the Flash movie.  This is illustrated in the below image:

In the First frame of the Movie add the following actionscript:

loadVariablesNum ("PHPCounter.php?ran="+random(9), 0);
 This is illustrated Below - By adding the random(9) onto your site you create a unique file each time, if you left this out you would load the same php script that is in the cache and the file would not be updated - you may want to increase the 9 to 99 or even 999 - it doesn't matter for this tutorial or this counter in general:

You do not technically have to go any further then this.  You can make this into a Live counter however with the following Steps. 

Note:  Live means that it's actually a Live counter - If someone new comes to your page, or you refresh the window you will see the counter increase by 1 without having to refresh the page. 

1) In the second frame add this line of actionscript: 

loadVariablesNum ("PHPCounter.txt?ran="+random(9), 0);
2) Wait to about frame 50 or however long you want to wait between updates and Loop back to Frame Number 2 with the following actionscript: gotoAndPlay (2); in that frame.  This will reload a fresh version of the text file that contains the current number of visits.  If there have been any more visits since the last time the text file was updated it will increase the value in the dynamic text box named 'Count' by that number.  
Note: Using this method you keep loading text files one after the other - this could potentially be a strain on your server - not much of one though since each text file is only a couple of bytes in size. 
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