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How to make a Flash preloader using Actionscript 3

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This is my first post on the Extend Studio blog as I didn’t have the chance to write until now. I will try to do this more often from now on. I plan to make all my posts helpful and fun. I will post tutorials, links to interesting websites and best practices as well as a more inside look of the Extend Studio company.

We created many tutorials for our products until now and we will continue to increase our tutorial library with new additions each week. But we don’t want to stop and create tutorials for our extensions. We want to be as helpful as we can and we will begin to post various how-to-make tutorials about issues that we noticed that our customers need help with. Also, we are open for tutorial ideas and requests. You can either post them here or our forum and we will take your request into consideration.

While building this tutorial I got the idea that an easy to use pre-build preloader might be helpful if you don’t want or don’t have time to build one yourself. I’ve created a little preloader class that can be used to load your swf’s with. There are some movieclips already built that you can just drag and drop on the stage and then insert the path to your swf and the preloader class will handle the rest. If you want more details about this preloader, download its package from here. You will find a usage manual inside the package. Now, back to the tutorial.

In this tutorial I will teach you how to make a Flash preloader using Actionscript 3. The idea is that we will create a very small swf that we will use to load your main swf file using the Actionscript 3 Loader class. Because the preloader will be a very small swf, you don’t have to worry that it will take much time until the preloader itself is downloaded. (more…)

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Create a vertical menu using FlexiMenusJS and Dreamweaver

In this tutorial we will create a dynamic version of the menu from the Xtreme sample page. You can see bellow a copy of that menu that we want to reproduce by the end of this tutorial. By creating this menu you will learn how to use two very important features of our extension: how to add icons on buttons and how to create a button using custom HTML.

Here’s a list of all the steps needed to get to the final result:

  • create the database table that will keep the elements data;*
  • create a new php page with a recordset that will get the data from the database;*
  • insert a FlexiMenu on the page and tell it to use the previously created recordset;
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