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Flash: Pop-up Windows

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Level: Easy-Medium
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In this lesson we’re going to demonstrate how to create the famous popup windows. Popup windows are everywhere.
This site relies heavily on them for displaying tool panels and other images that otherwise would take up too much screen room to display, not to mention burden users with more information than they may not require.

While creating Popup Windows in HTML is rather straight forward, they do require a couple of additional steps in Flash.
To create Popups in Flash, there are 2 parts: The Flash part is where you create the buttons and actions, and the HTML part, where you insert a little JavaScript into the top of the page.

Step 1: Creating the Button

In Flash, create a button. We'll apply the Get URL action to the button.

Creating the Button

Step 2: Assiging the Action to the Button

Select the button and in the Actions Panel (normal mode) click the plus sign and choose Basic Actions>Get URL.

Step 3: Entering the Code

In the Get URL field, type the code exactly as it appears. It may be easier to copy and paste the code from this page and drop it in to the Get URL field.

javascript:openNewWindow('test.html','thewin', 'height=200,width=250,toolbar=no,scrollbars=no')

You can view the Actions Panel by clicking here. The name of the .html file we'll open using flash is called "test.html".

Step 4: Saving and Publishing

Change your publish settings to include the HTML format. File>Publish Settings...

Make sure Flash Only (Default) is selected for Template. Click Publish. Save your file.

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1. Tell Target/With
2. Dynamic Text 1
3. Dynamic Text 2
4. Animated Fly Out menu Part 2

About the CDROM:
These movies are the SAME content found in our Flash 5 tutorials, but the quality is clearly better than the streaming, web-compressed format we have online with Frame Rates up to 20 TIMES FASTER and CD-ROM quality AUDIO!

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