I am preparing a website in Flash. The layout is as follows : A base movie, which will load smaller subject SWFs onto the base movie. The smaller swfs are self contained topical units, which will be calling sub-topical swfs later depending upon which button the user clicked.
Base Movie Details:
The base movie contains 5 parallellogram shaped buttons, which are used to load each topical swf onto the base movie. This can be accomplished in two ways: either using Levels, or using Targets.
Topical Movie Details:
The topical movie is a self contained unit, which basically uses a set of circular buttons, a small preview screen and a name display movie, for the sub-topical movie to be loaded. Whenever the user mouses over one of the circular buttons, the picture in the preview screen changes. Again, this will be used to load smaller movies using Levels or Targets.
I have been able to get the Topical movie working fine. Basically, it works like this: a movie clip containing pictures follows a control clip. Whenever the user mouses over a circular button, the control clip's parameters are altered, and it moves off in the x direction. The picture MC is tied to this, and faithfully follows it wherever it goes. A mask is used to show only one pic at a time. The SWF file works fine on its own.
I next tried to get this SWF into the Base Movie, using Load Movie. This is where the problems begin :(!
a. If I used Load Movie with Levels, the SWF works fine. The rollovers happen, pic is shown properly. However, the SWF is loaded at an awkward position on top of the base movie, which I don't want. I tried setting the property but to no avail.
b. I tried using Load Movie with Target. Here, I loaded the SWF into a empty MC called Viewport. I aligned it so that the SWF shows exactly where I want it to. However, the pics are no longer showing at all. I checked the Variables, and I found that the control clip in the SWF has gone to some weird location, and so the pic movie clip has dutifully followed it there. Also, most of the variables in the SWF have now become 'undeclared', and have no value. But they show up for the Topical movie, when I run that independently in Flash!
You can see the movies in action and download the source at this location:
I'd really appreciate it if somebody could help me out with this. It would be perfect if I could use Targets, since that would help me achieve control over the loaded movies. However, if somebody could suggest to me how to modify the properties of a loaded movie on a new level, even that would be fine.
And, as a bonus, if you can modify my source file/s and get them working, I'll definitely jack up the points!