Problems with creating file links and how to play flash animation?

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Hi

Really need some help here.

Qn1) I have created a flash animation file already and will like to link some file to the animation,after doing all this, i will like to compile it into a cd.
but i do not know how to go about going.for example:

=>i will like to have a pdf file called "hello.pdf" open when i click on the word "HELLO"
PROBLEM= i have created the word "HELLO" using the TEXT tool in flash 5 but how to create a link?

=>Will the link to the pdf file be the same if i compile the animation into CD?
PROBLEM= i understand that the link to the PDF file "hello.pdf" should be a complete one in order to open the PDF file, for example "D:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\hello.pdf" however if i compile it into a cd, the file isn't in the D drive anymore,it is in the cd, then how should i write the link?

QN2)how come i couldnt open my flash 5 animation on a computer that doesnt have the flash 5 software?
PROBLEM=i thought it is sufficient to just have the flash player in order to open a flash 5 animation(example:hello.swf)

please provide some help and please include codes and step by step instructions coz i do not know how to write scripts for flash..

please help asap.

THANKS A MILLION

   
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>PROBLEM= i have created the word "HELLO" using the TEXT tool in flash 5 but how to create a link?

don't use the text tool, use a common button. to launch the file, you can either:

• use getURL (will open the file in the browser, if there's a plugin for it):

on(release){
      getURL("file.pdf");
}

• use fscommand exec, to open the file with the associated software (not the browser, but acrobat reader, for example). this are 3 different methods:

      1. bat system: http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash/ts/documents/fscommand_projectors.htm

            on(relase){
                  fscommand("exec", "file.bat");
            }

      2. standalone application: http://www.flashgeek.com/tutorials/07_launchapp_01.htm

      3. third part tool: http://www.flashjester.com/ | http://www.multidmedia.com/software/flashstudio/ | http://www.swifftools.com/


pay some attention on the folder problem with Flash MX +


>Will the link to the pdf file be the same if i compile the animation into CD?

yes, as long as you use relative path. don't use:

on(release){
      getURL("D:\Documents and Settings\My Documents\hello.pdf");
}

use, instead:

on(release){
      getURL("hello.pdf");
}

if both movie and pdf are in the same folder, or:

on(release){
      getURL("folder_name/hello.pdf");
}

if the pdf is nested inside another folder


>QN2)how come i couldnt open my flash 5 animation on a computer that doesnt have the flash 5 software?
>i thought it is sufficient to just have the flash player in order to open a flash 5 animation(example:hello.swf)

you need to create a "projector", a standalone application which embeds the plugin and can be viewed on a computer that doesnt have the flash 5 software
you can create it two ways:

• launch your swf, then go to the menu "File\Create Projector"

• go to the publish settings menu inside flash software (File\Publish Settings or Ctrl + Shift + F12), go to the Formats tab, then select Windows and/or Macintosh projector
Top Expert 2005

Commented:
(and then click "publish" button)

Author

Commented:
Hi

thx for all ur help.

got a BIG problem here. Need your Help urgently coz the due date for my assignmentt is tuesday! But have not solved the problem on how to open the a certain file.i tried using the URL method you mentioned and it works well with the pdf files but not the MATLAB files.

i think i need to open it using the fscommand, but i went to the link that you provided to view on the method to use it but realised that that application needs to be in the same folder as my flash file. Dont think it is possible coz MATLAB is large.

and i tried other method but could works! HELP!!!

can help me write the codes and teach me how to link a file called try1.m(a matlab file) get it open using MATLAB?

PLease i really need help here asap!!!

thanks

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sorry i mean couldnt works!! HELP
Top Expert 2005

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1. are you using flash 5 or mx?

Author

Commented:
it is ok! i managed to get it done in time! YEH!!

Thanks for ur help!

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