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Piecing it All Together:

Well, if you've made it this far you can go the distance and finish this thing. Here's a peek at what the timeline in your "Navigation" Movie Clip should look like.

Remember you can place any type of animation you want within the timeline. You could even go so far as to have nested movie clips within this timeline but that's another nightmare.

Now that you've got your navigation menu built, let's quickly build the remaining pieces. Here's a picture of the finished timeline in Scene 1.

  1. Go back to Scene 1.
  2. Create the three layers you see in the example.
  3. In the Frame Actions layer each Blank Keyframe is assigned a Stop Action. Notice that in Flash 5 there's no marker to show you there's a blank keyframe with exception to a vertical line. I wish Macromedia haden't messed with that but I thought it important to bring to your attention.
  4. The Nav layer holds one item... an instance of your Movie Clip symbol "Navigation".
  5. The Section layer contains the Keyframes shown with labels attached to each Keyframe. These are the labels referred to in the Actions assigned to your button instances in your Movie Clip symbol "Navigation". Remember?! We pointed to another timeline ("_level0" which in this case is Scene 1) and we told Flash which label to go to in that timeline! Each Keyframe also has a text member that display's the section your in. No need to create symbols for the text unless you plan on doing something fancy to introduce a section.
» Level Intermediate

Added: 2001-01-16
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Jason Lampitt is an Interactive Developer for a major media development firm in Englewood, Colorado. He has a background in fine art as well as graphic design and has been developing multimedia titles for the past 6 years. Jason has a passion for bringing design to life through multimedia and helping others to understand the sometimes complex and confusing world of interactive development. In his spare time Jason is an active outdoorsman, mountain biker and family man.
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