Flash Button Action needed

Here’s a forehead-smacker that just occurred to me. I’ve answered the same question four or five different ways in the last month, to do with “How do I add a hyperlink to this Flash widget I downloaded?”

Here’s the thought: take a copy of Flash Extras apart, package it as an Action-item in a bundle, along with a single-frame Flash movie that’s just one big transparent button. The Action interface would simply be the “re-target the links” functionality of the Flash Extras, cut down to only handle a single instance of the movie, and the Action would also have to somehow trick Freeway into adding the Flash handler stuff.

To use it, you would draw an Action-item on the page, position and resize it over your existing Flash movie, and the result would be a functional Flash URL “hotspot” targeted to the link of your choice. This hotspot would be set to wmode:transparent, and Freeway would float it over the top of the Flash movie with z-index, so that should do what the good folks really want to do, without requiring them to purchase (and learn) a behemoth application.

Ideas? Takers?

Walter


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Hello Walter,

Thanks for this. How do you “take a copy of Flash Extras apart”?
I’ve been puzzling over the difficulty in getting flash items to have a url link and would hope that this may be a solution.
I did put the hotspot over the flash content but this made no difference. It seems that you can’t put anything over the top of flash content. Is this the case? I was looking to partially overlap some graphics or text over a flash object but this appears to not be easy to acheive, if at all.
Any help most welcome.
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You can layer more flash over the top of existing flash, but no other content-type may exist in flash’s “air space”.

A far as how to take apart Flash Extras, it’s an Action, which means that at its core it’s a text file written in a mixture of XML and JavaScript. I have done a lot of different Action programming adventures, but I haven’t had time to do much more than muse about how this might work.

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