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Linking Animated gifs in Fireworks

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Is there a way to embed a link in an animated gif in fireworks?  I have a two frame gif and I just want to add a link to it (both frames can link to the same place).  I thought all I had to do was add a hotspot, but when I save the file as an animated gif, the hotspot doesn't seem to work.  Maybe I can't embed a link in the animated gif format?!  I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
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Don't know if I just got lucky but here's what worked for me.

Make your animated gif first, save it and then open it in fireworks. Draw your hotspot and then export it as a gif AND the associated html.

This will only work in a webpage. The image itself won't link by itself.


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MH
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Thank you for your help.  My client requested a web banner in a gif or jpeg format and said that the URL needed to be "attached" to the file.  I don't do a lot of web banners, so I don't know if that meant put the url in the image itself, or in the e-mail when we send it to the e-zine editor.  Hopefully this will work.
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If that won't work, just make the whole image a link like this:
<a href="http://www.cnn.com"><img src="ducktape.gif" width="142" height="246" border="0"></a>

That way, anywhere they click will still take them to the link. A lot of the banners I've seen use that so that if it's clicked anywhere they still get their message across. And if you have a "click here" type of thing, it will still look like it worked.

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MH

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