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Hi!

I found a really nice flash movie using xml on another website and after downloading all the components, managed to customize it to my liking. I'm not very familiar with advanced Flash/xml authoriing, but I was hoping to learn how to create a new "dl-loader.swf" file and "dl-main.swf" file to change the look of the player.  Please take a look at the modified flash movie along with all the files/code via link below.

HTML Page with flash movie
http://www.killyman.com/eeflash/flashsample.html

Directory containing all components
http://www.killyman.com/eeflash/

Any help would be appreciated. I hope I made myself clear enough.

Thanks!
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by:SamuelRostol
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Do you have the sourcefiles (.fla-files) for the dl-loader.swf and dl-main.swf? If not, then you probably don't have the rights to modify them, and then you're stuck.

There is of course the possibility to decompile the project, but in that case I would rather advice you to contact the creator of the original and ask for the source so that you can modify it yourself.
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by:killyman
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Samuel,

Thanks for the reply.

I don't have the source files and I doubt the creator would give me them either. The website I copied the SWF, XML and JS files off of is here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/

I was only able to modify the XML file and swap out the original images for my own images.  What is involved in decompiling the SWF files and how much information would that provide?

My goal here is not copyright infringement, but rather to understand exactly how the original FLA files interact with the XML file so that I can create my own FLA files with a different look (container)  but retain the same functionality with the use of the XML reference file. I find this XML reference file very handy and I like the transition effects and text styling used in the SWF main file.

All the files I'm using at the moment can be downloaded from here:
http://www.killyman.com/eeflash/

Do you know by any chance how complex the main SWF might be?

Clark

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by:williamcampbell
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    I suggest you visit www.flashloaded.com and check out their components. Reasonable price and great support. Might find what your looking for.

WC
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by:killyman
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Thanks William.

The site you recommended has some nice stuff worth considering for future projects. Thanks!

However, I really like the flash movie/script in this post and hope to be able to disect and customize it to my own liking.

Clark
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SamuelRostol earned 1000 total points
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http://www.sothink.com/product/flashdecompiler/

This program can be used to open up swf's and figure out the content. Please bear in mind - this software should only be used for your described purpose: To learn. You should never take content and use it as if you created it yourself from the use of this software.

You will get almost every aspect of the old fla-file from this program; sound-files, images, actionscript, etc. Comments in most cases have dissapeared and variable-names might have changed.

If you need free software, you might find something by googling the term "Swf decompiler".

Good luck, I hope this answered your question :)

Kindly,
Samuel
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