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Author: G. Bruce | Website: http://www.acsfla.com


Now we come to the slightly technical part of creating an action for a button.
In the first keyframe of your movie make a circle.
Now select the paintbrush tool (and a color different from that of the circle and make a smiley face.
Now move to the timeline and select the keyframe you have just created. In the insert menu at the top of the screen select the "convert to symbol" function. Select the behavior for a button. Great!!! You have just made a button.

Let's make that button do something.
Right click on the picture you have created and select actions, you will see the actions window appear. In the upper right hand corner of the actions screen press the arrow under the close window sign (x).

Now select the option for expert mode and paste in this code:

on (release) {
gotoAndPlay (5);

This code tells the movie player that when the button is clicked on and released it will go and play keyframe number 5 on the timeline.

This done, let's close the actions window, and create a new layer (remember the plus sign?). Now select the image/button you just created and copy and paste it into the new layer. Once you have done this move the keyframe in the new layer to number 5.

At this point you should have layer 1 with a smiley face on keyframe 1, and layer2 with a smiley face on keyframe 5. Now move the smiley face on keyframe 5 to another area of the workspace so it is not directly on top of where keyframe 1 would be.
Finally, right click on keyframe1 in layer1 in the timeline and select actions.
In the actions window select the action for stop and close the window. Do the same for keyframe 5 in layer2. Now, go to the top of the screen select the control panel and choose test movie. You will see that your button starts on keyframe1 but when clicked moves to frame 5 in layer2. You will also notice that your brain has increased in size, and you are no longer afraid of the scary of FLASH interface. Good luck!!!

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Added: 2002-05-17
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GAGE is a graphic artist and designer for Associated Computer Systems, Inc. a software development, hosting, design firm located in Brandon Florida.
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