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Since i have updated windows all my flash movies have turned into links which looks ugly when the user puts the cursor over them on every page. How can i stop this.
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by:sam85281
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Well, microsoft lost a lawsuit with the company that owned the patent on the methods used to embed Activ X objects.

In order to avoid the ugliness you need to write in your objects using javascript.

Here's the info, javascript downloads, samples, etc:

http://www.macromedia.com/devnet/activecontent/articles/devletter.html

-Sam
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by:splendidsys
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Does anyone else find this to be obscene? I think the fact that the new 7.0 browser does not fix this issue, but leaves the designer to fend for themselves and figure out a bass ackward way to 'write' in the .js source into an embed tag....

It is a bit outrageous!! I mean A LOT outragous.

I'd like to know how MICROSOFT is going to replace my working hours to 'fix' all the web pages I have done for many customer using Flash and the embed tag.

Can you smell a CLASS ACTION lawsuit??? I can. I am steaming mad!

ISN'T Microsoft worth BILLIONS because they know how to innovate better than anyone else? This is an Internet NIGHTMARE!!


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by:lukegriffiths110
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I will accept sam85281 answer if their isn't a better way, but this means adding code to every object. Could i use a global.asa some how, adding to every object on every page on every site is going to use up time. Also will macromedia be addressing this problem when publishing.
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by:splendidsys
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I am also wondering the same thing. Adobe is going to need to address this as a basic solution.

It is a logistical nightmare. Yes there is a work around, but Microsoft has just left us to the wolves.


This isn't going to be a quick fix for the millions of already-developed sites out there.
I personally have at least two dozen sites that now need immediate attention. This is going to require hundreds of hours of tweeking to sites that I have a been finished with for months if not years.

NOT GOOD!!

Even if there is a way to re-publish using the latest Flash rev through Adobe, it means being able to locate and revise all the Flash content I have created over the years. This is just a disaster of epic dimensions.

One again the little guy is left in the way of major havock by the billion dollar monster - Microsoft. I actually don't hate Microsoft. At least I didn't untill they did this.


This is a sloppy fix to a problem they not only created a number of years ago, but it now is obvious that they do not care or comtemplate the needs or conscerns of the little guy trying to us thier half-baked products to produce a living.

Couln't they have negotiated a settlement of say- a BILLION dollars to avoid this mess? It woun't have hurt THE ENTIRE PLANET<  and it would have made the FAT LAZY SLOP that is 'Eolas' a instant - BILLIONAIRE.

And the rest of us could go on to live our lives and feed our families without this whole mess bareing down on us like an angry storm.

Just another example of big business killing the little guys - cause they don't have the money.

Am I off base here?



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by:splendidsys
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It's not so much the work going forward but the number of Web sites that MS has single handedly Mangled with their cheap - workaround patch they placed on us.

It's about the work that they have created for us to 'suck up' all the damage they caused.

It is not fair - no a bit fair!!
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by:sam85281
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>Also will macromedia be addressing this problem when publishing.

I'm writing a new template that will make Flash publish using the new code right now.

Check back a little later and I'll post a link to the files and instructions to install.

-Sam
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by:splendidsys
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AWESOME! It would be so much simpler.
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by:sam85281
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Well...

Flash 8 users can download a permanent solution from Adobe here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash/downloads.html#flash8

I tried building a solution for MX2004, got it mostly done, then ran into a snag I can't get around.  It needs mods in files I can't access.

Hopefully Adobe/Macromedia will remember that they have other versions people still use and do something similar.

Fun Fun Fun

I'm thinking of shutting down my WebDev biz and starting a "Fix New Flash Problems" biz!

Obviously very FEW people have this update yet because my phone is ringing off the hook.

But the flood is coming.....

-Sam
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by:sam85281
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>Obviously very FEW people have this update yet because my phone is ringing off the hook.

Should have been ISN'T ringing off the hook yet

-Sam
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by:splendidsys
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You're the man!

I was thinking the same thing. When a huge problem like this arises, opportunity is knocking loader!!!

It is obvious that a lot of folks are going to join the crashendo of shouting about this fiasco -- soon.


It is actually a good thing for small business.


It's bigger than the Y2K thing in terms of REAL impact.
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sam85281 earned 2000 total points
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Ok, I figured it out for MX 2004

Download this package:
http://www.hotflashapps.com/FlashMX2004ActivXupdate.zip

Install and use instructions are in the zip

This adds files to Flash MX 2004 so that you can publish your movies to include all the new code and files needed for the Activ X crap.

-Sam
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by:splendidsys
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Wow! Thanks!
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by:splendidsys
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I tried it once so far. It didn't work. I think I did something wrong.

So I will make another effort. If after that it doesn't work, I'll write back.
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by:sam85281
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No it wasn't you, I left a line of code out.

Re-download the package:
http://www.hotflashapps.com/FlashMX2004ActivXupdate.zip

And swap out JUST the NewDefault.html file.  The rest is fine.

Make sure Flash is closed while you swap it.

-Sam
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by:splendidsys
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Cool > thanks!
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