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In this article, learn about the text tool, experiment with a few texteffects, and find out all about a new type of Flash symbol: the button.

  1. Flash 101 (Part 4): Don't Touch Me!
  2. The Write Way
  3. High Fidelity
  4. Breaking It Down
  5. Fade Out
  6. The Button Man
  7. Click Me
By: icarus, (c) Melonfire
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January 10, 2001

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Of course, a button which does nothing when clicked is a lot like a broken clock - useless. And the guys who created Flash knew this too - which is why they built in a whole bunch of "actions" that you can attach to your button. One of the most popular of these is the "Get URL" action, which directs the browser to open a new URL.

To attach the "Get URL" action - or any other action - to your button, right-click the button on the Stage, and select "Actions" from the pop-up menu. From the window that opens up, double-click the "Get URL" item in the Basic Actions section Flash will write some code on the right side of the panel, and display a couple of text fields at the bottom for you to enter the URL and the window name(if any).

Once you've entered a URL, you can see how it works with the button below - it will open a new Web site in a new browser window.

In order to test actions in the Flash authoring environment, you need to make sure that the Control -> Enable Simple Frame Actions menu item is activated.

There are a bunch of other actions available as well, and I'll be exploring them next week. So stay tuned this is just getting interesting!

This article copyright Melonfire 2001. All rights reserved.

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