Loading external images in 'Flash' with a fade transition

Hi,

I'm tasked with building a flash gateway page that has a couple of slightly tricky (for me!) components

1) has a background image that changes each time the page is loaded (tick! done~ easy)

2) has a small slideshow of images that sits on top of this larger background image

I've got through part 1 easy enough; but I'm stuck at 2. I've seen lots of code sitting around, but to be honest, I haven't really found a way to do what I need it to do, which is:

1) load images from an external source, outside the flash movie, and:

2) have a fade transition between each photo (each photo should last around 1-2 second(s) or so)

Any help, example files etc., hugely appreciated!

Many thanks,
Jon
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blue-genieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
whether u;re using Flash 8 or CS3 , its there in the help file.
transitionManager doesn't exist for AS2 but the Tween class does. and loading XML exists for both.
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jon-bAuthor Commented:
I should add, the small slideshow is also on a tilt - so I'm guessing, maybe, I need to create an empty frame which is positioned correctly, and which will be used as an empty movie clip to load the external images? but then I'm still not sure how to do the fade transition...

Thanks again!
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jon-bAuthor Commented:
annnnnd...sorry, I should also have it so that for slower connections, the slideshow images won't attempt to change until the next image has been downloaded~ am sure it's possible, but I'm pretty stumped. Thanks~
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jon-bAuthor Commented:
to view the current flash project - visit http://www.hokkaidotracks.com/photos/htgateway.html (you'll see a small image over the top of the main image - this is the one I need to have as a dynamic slideshow)
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blue-genieCommented:
>> but then I'm still not sure how to do the fade transition...
Look in the help file under fade or Tween (based on AS2 or AS3 - whichever you're using.)
look for the topic use the TransitionManager and Tween classes together.
Adobe have done the work for you. there's an example there of (AS2)
1. how to load external images using MovieClipLoader
2. using a listener to check that the image is loaded.
3. apply a alpha tween effect (fade) on it.

now if you're loading all your images from an xml file - look under xml to see how to do that.
if you've just got a set number of images to loop through, you can simply create an array to store those.
then create a counter to keep track of the images and to move to the next one.
happy trails
:-)
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jon-bAuthor Commented:
Hi, Thanks for your answer - you're talking about CS3 I take it? Unfortunately I couldn't find anything...
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jon-bAuthor Commented:
thank you!
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