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Subject: Re: FLASH: Slide show
From: Marc Hoffman, Poison Dart Frog Media
Date: Wed, 23 Feb 2000 20:11:33 GMT

At 10:59 AM 2/23/00 , you wrote:

>I have two projects that require a type of slide show. The thing is
>that each slide or grouping of slides are in separate swf files because
>I am using large graphics that take a while to load. I use the Load
>Movie and unload movie commands to to go from one picture to the next.
>Does anyone have a better way of making a slide show using a back and
>forward arrow key? I also need to be able to go backwards and forwards
>from the first and last slide. In needs to loop around and around and
>be able to jump form one section to the next using links to certain
>sections in the slide show. I hope that this makes sense. Thanks

If the slide show is sequential, you gain nothing by using LoadMovie and,
in fact, you lose some downloading efficiency.

To loop from the last slide to the first, or from first to last, the
simplest thing is probably to have a different instance of the forward or
back button, whose action is modified to go to the appropriate picture. If,
however, this were all done in one movie with one long timeline, the
forward button could just say "play," which would advance to the next frame
(assuming every frame has a Stop action). When you reach the end, "play"
should make the movie loop. You still need a different instance for the
"back" button in the first frame. And of course it won't work while the
movie is loading, so maybe it's best not to have it in the first frame, or
to have its first frame instance hidden until the whole movie has loaded
(you'd hide it in the second frame of a Movie Clip which Stops at frame one
until the whole movie has loaded).

Also, even if you use LoadMovie, don't use unload. Just send that movie to
a blank, stopped frame, and load each image into its own level. That way
there'll be a lot less waiting when a movie is revisited (no need to
re-establish contact with the server).

Marc Hoffman

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