When using a .txt file to update text within a movie - Can you do specific things with that text?

Posted on 2001-06-22
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
Topic says all really ;)

When I use tell flash to get the varibles from an external .txt file, it will grab the text I put in the text file. However...is there a way to do certain things with that text?

Is there a way to insert links, change font, color, for that text? Can you tell an image to load within that text box along with the text?

If anyone could list all the little tricks you can do with using a external text file to update text within flash, please do so :)
Question by:Vikarou

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you can't load an image but you can insert links.
You have to use the ahref Tag in your .txt file.


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As long as the text field is a HTML type.


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jeffbeasley earned 300 total points
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Actually there are a few ways to load external images using a text file.

First import your images into separate Fla files (with size equal to picture size) then export the swf.(by saving your images this way you are able to choose which images to import)

Next, create a text file with your variable

Next open main FLA and load text file in frame 1
loadVariables ("text.txt", my_images);

Next put functions in frame 1

function string_clean(symbol, stringin) {
var arrayout = new Array();
n = 1;
for (i=0; i<stringin.length; i++) {
if (stringin.charAt(i) != symbol) {
arrayout[n] = arrayout[n]+stringin.charAt(i);
} else if (stringin.charAt(i) == symbol) {
return (arrayout);

Next call function to separate image swf files into array element (send function separating element and variable loaded)
image_array=new Array();
//this sets image_array[0]=pic1.swf;
//image_array[1]=pic2.swf .....

Next, determine where you want your images. Create a MC with instance named movie_target and in frame 3 call
loadMovieNum (image_array[1], movie_target);

This is one possible way if you need cleaner code let me know or a sample file, You can also load certain HTML text files with limited HTML commands, but you cannot load an external image saved as a gif or jpeg.

I typed this out in the comment space allotted, so there may be a few syntax errors


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