How to control my move using 3rd party menu maker

Posted on 2005-04-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
1st Flash Project, feeling fairly overwealmed.

I am most likely going to be hit with 18 presentations each containing a varying number of slides to be converted to a Flash CD.  What I want is a translucent drop down menu that can be created dynamically from an external file so I can reuse one object.  When users click the menu it will take them to a specific frame.

My overall architecture is a movie clip holder with dynamically loaded movies and next/previous buttons.  All of that works.

I've looked at some 3rd party menu software, but it seems like they only allow you to specify a URL to go to.  Is it possible to put something in the URL line that targets the currently loaded movie clip and tells it to go to a specific frame?

Is there a 3rd party product that makes this easy?  FlashKit has left me more confused than I started.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Question by:dtburdick
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    Expert Comment

    If you link us to a menu you like, we can try to modify it...

    Author Comment

    I can only say that 123 FlashMenu has a sample I like.

    The problem is it only let's me put in the following for any menu item:

    Text: (the caption)
    URL: (http://)
    Target: (_self, _blank, _top, _parent)

    I want to use it within my Flash presentation CD to allow navigation to specific slides that have been dynamically loaded into a movie clip control.

    I want to put something in like this:


    or better yet call a function like this:

    function goToFrame(frameNum) {

    And then use the URL to call:  goToFrame(10);
    LVL 27

    Expert Comment

    Without looking at the script, no modifications.. :)

    Author Comment

    There is no script to look at.  :(    123 FlashMenu creates the movie.

    I thought this was going to be so easy.

    Any suggestions on how to create a menu like I want using another tool or even using Flash.  The 3rd Party tools are using Flash, so I know it has to be possible.  I don't mind doing the work, I just don't know where to start.
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    Accepted Solution

    Please, take a look here:
    Find a menu you like, than let's modify it.. :)


    Author Comment

    That certainly eases my tension!

    The menu I chose is so simple I can't stand it:

    I wish it were dynamically loaded from an array, but hey I'll take what I can get.

    Thanks so much.  

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