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Converting a .swf file with embedded jpgs to a .swf file that uses AS3/xml to call images from an external folder?

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Hi!

I am basically trying to convert the current gallery pages in the "Projects" category page from a single Flash .swf file with embedded jpgs to a .swf file that used xml/actionscript 3 to call the images from an external folder.

Here is the original Flash site:
http://jhara.com

I am looking for help/tutorial for a flash/xml gallery with the following features:

action script 3
xml
no thumbnails
highlighted photo number indicator (1 of 10)
next and previous buttons to other photo galleries in the xml file

Most off the shelf solutions use thumbnail sliders but I am looking for a simpler solution with number indicators instead. I thought it'd be easy to find since it is not a dynamic solution, but its harder than I thought!

Any assistance or leads is greatly appreciated!
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My first thought is that you'll almost certainly find something here that will suit your needs - http://activeden.net/search?&term=gallery%20as3

Remember that even those that have thumbnails may well have an option in a config.xml (or similar) to turn them off.
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Thanks for the lead. By chance do you know if you can be custom modify the layout of the gallery/navigation in these templates? Or is it set and only the background color, font, etc are options you can change?
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It's probably going to be different for every gallery.

But you get the Flash source files (.fla) with each of the galleries, so if you have Flash Professional, and some skills in using it, you'll be able to make whatever changes you want.

You also have the opportunity to see what questions other people (with many being the people who have bought the content) have asked the author. When you are looking at one of the galleries, look just above the image of the content and you'll see a tab called 'comments'. Click that tab and you'll be able to see the questions and answers other people asked.

Plus, if you create an account at Activeden (it's free) you'll then see a box right at the very bottom of the 'comments' section where *you* can ask the author any questions you want before you make a purchase decision (or not!).

Finally, if you want to make some edits to the content, but don't own Flash Professional, or don't have the requisite skill yet, many of the authors will created modded versions of their work if you hire them. And if you don't like the author's rates (or they're not available), you could post a project on freelancing sites like elance.com or peopleperhour.com and point to the activeden content in the project description and say how you'd like it changed. These two freelancing sites allow buyers to post projects free of charge, and you've no requirement to hire anyone if you don't like the proposals that come back. If you do hire someone, you've nothing to pay to the websites, only to pay the person who does the work (the website's fee comes out of the freelancers end).
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Thanks quizengine!

In the end, I felt it was cleaner to just have the code written from scratch instead of having someone modify a template. I posted at elance.com and received numerous proposals, one ending up currently working on the project. Can't wait to see the end result in action!
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Cool. I hope your Elance project works out well.
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