To add some interactivity to the flash animated part of your web design template you should add some links to the flash objects. For example you’ll need to link flash buttons with pages of your website or redirect your flash intro to homepage after it finished.There are some kinds of links in Macromedia Flash: button symbol links, frame links and text links.First of all you should open source “FLA” file in Macromedia Flash editor. To add links to the button symbols in your flash movie do the following. First of all you should locate button symbol you want links be assigned to. There are two ways of how to do that.The first way is to access it from the timeline. After you’ve opened FLA file in Macromedia Flash, move red timeline slider and watch the animation process. When you’ll see button symbol that needs to be linked, stop the timeline slider.Select it by single clicking it with Selection Tool. You can choose Selection Tool from tools panel or call this tool by pressing “V” hotkey. Go to the Properties Panel to check this symbols behavior. If you can’t see this panel for any reason you can open it by pressing “CTRL + F3” hotkey. At the top left corner of this panel symbols behavior drop down is located. It must be a “Button”. If it is “Movie Clip”, “Graphics” or some other that differs from “Button” you can’t assign links to it in the right way. Don’t change it to the “Button” because it will damage original rollover structure. Double click this symbol to get inside of it, select its content and check symbols behavior again.
Symbol BehaviorIf you are still unable to locate appropriate symbol, maybe some symbols are hidden or locked. To unhide/unlock symbols do the following. Go to the timeline panel, there is a layers list on the left of it. There are three icons on the top of this list: eye, lock and rectangle. Click eye and lock icons twice to unhide and unlock all layers in current symbol.Some of flash headers have complicated structure to create powerful animation effects. So, it will be hard to access button symbols from the timeline. The easiest and most reliable way to locate elements in flash is to use symbols library. To open symbols library you can use “CTRL + L” hotkey or choose “Window/Library…” from the top menu.Browse the symbols library to find button symbol you want links be assigned to. You can see symbols preview in the preview window at the top of symbols library panel. Actually all button symbols have appropriate names such as “About Us button” or “Search button”. Double click symbols icon to edit it in the main workspace window. Then do operations described above to locate symbol with “Button” behavior.After you’ve selected button symbol press “F9” to open Actions panel. If this button has rollover effect, you will see following script code there:
getURL Action ScriptYou should type URL button will be linked to as get URL function argument. For example, if you want to link button to your contacts page type the following:
URL Input BoxNow it’s time to publish your flash movie. Read Publishing your Flash movie section for the detailed instructions.