Archive for the ‘miniMax2’ Category

Tutorial: Radio Buttons

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Radio buttons, along with Check boxes and Combo controls are some of the most familiar interfaces on the web. Every component enabled version of SWiSH Max and SWiSH miniMax (versions 2, 3 and 4), come with a radio button component: Buttons | Radiobutton | Radiobutton. Knowing how to use this component could save you a considerable amount of time when creating your movie.


Tutorial:Using iframes

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Frames allow a browser window to be split into multiple segments. This can be used to place a Flash banner above, below, to the left, right or over your main html website. This tutorial discusses how.

Frames are an html object so you will need to have a basic knowledge of html coding. If you don’t understand html, there are many resources on the internet. See the Resources heading later in this blog post for some suggested reading.

Click on the image to the left to view the example webpage which is based on the main webpage.

Note that the clock can be dragged over the original webpage which is a mixture of Flash and html.

The example uses iframe tags, absolute positioning and Flash’s transparent wmode.


Tutorial: Monitoring the Ctrl key

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

A recent support call asked an interesting question - ”Can I monitor when Ctrl+C is pressed and then perform an action?“ Although it is possible to monitor such key sequences (details are given below), some browsers will prevent the sequence from making it through to your Flash movie. So in answer to the above question, it really depends on the browser being used.


Export to HTML5

Monday, August 29th, 2011

There has been lots of media buzz around animations done with HTML5 using the canvas object. Did you know you can convert your simple Flash files to HTML5/Javascript? This means your Flash animations can be made to play on iPhones and iPads which rely on html5 canvas and svg extensions for animation.

Now, thanks to google’s “swiffy”, there is an easy way to re-use your SWiSH Max files to create simple animations in html5. Using swiffy is easy, first export your movie to a .swf file then use the swiffy website. The movie below shows you how:


Minimising Movie Size

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Some of our users have reported problems when using very large SWiSH Max4 files - in one case the file was over 100 MBytes. Sometimes a large file may be unavoidable, however there are a number of things that can (and should) be done to keep your file size as small as possible. This article discusses some of those techniques.


Tutorial: Understanding the HTML exported by Max

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The purpose of this tutorial is to help users understand the content in the HTML page produced by SWiSH Max4, miniMax4 and earlier versions. This content is created when the user selects ‘Export as SWF + HTML‘. The tutorial is aimed at the beginners/novice user and explains what the code means and how to edit it to your specific requirements. Each tag used in the exported HTML file will be briefly explained.

This tutorial does not describe in detail how to get your page ranked by search engines. Search engines are a complex topic, a topic that is constantly evolving. Only on-going research and investigation will help you to understand ‘how’ search engines rank sites/pages. That said, the content in the HTML tags can help make your exported site more search engine friendly.

Why use the HTML page at all?

There are two reasons. The first is that it allows you to control the size of your movie. The code includes the dimensions of the player and ensures all content is viewed as intended. (more…)