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Author: Tim Murray | Website: http://www.gmg.com.au

Automatic skip build

Finally, we may use these ideas to skip animations that have already played once for the viewer. This is great if we have managed to avoid building an intro by animating in screen elements as we were streaming in content, but are now stuck with that animation every time the viewer returns.

This piece of code checks to see if the file has already been loaded. If not, then we should let our loading animations play (this could be things like logos sliding in, menus building, whatever takes your fancy). But if the file has fully loaded already this means that your visitor has probably already been entertained by your media callisthenics and would just like to use your site. In this case you can just jump forwards to an appropriate frame where the visitor may get down to business. (If you animations are really cool, you can still add in a button that says "play intro"!)

Add a layer and name it "actions". Keyframe frames 1 and 2. Add this code on frame 1 of the actions layer.

if (getBytesLoaded() == getBytesTotal()) {
     gotoAndPlay("skip build");
}

Now add a layer and name it "labels". Keyframe frame 1. Label this frame "start". Also add a keyframe where you would like to skip forward to if the file has already been fully loaded. Label this frame "skip build".

All done. Easy.

» Level Intermediate

Added: 2004-01-08
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» Author
Tim is a co-director of the Glasson Murray Group, providing quality graphic design, illustration, 3D visualisation, interactive environments, virtual reality, multimedia and website services.
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