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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Flash Buttons

While adding graphic rollovers to a Web page is a breeze, Dreamweaver's Flash button feature is even easier. Without any additional image-editing or animation software, you can bring your pages to life with interactive buttons that include animation and sound.

Flash buttons are predesigned buttons to which you can add your own labels and links. They can do much more than just change from a "before" look to an "after" look. For example, they may have three different looks (a third being a "pushed down" look that shows up when the button is clicked; see Figure 5-16). They may also play a sound or trigger a little animation.

You can download additional button styles from the Macromedia Exchange, Macromedia's one-stop source for Dreamweaver add-ons. See Section 19.2.

When the button is just sitting on the page, it's in its "up" state (left); when the mouse rolls over it, you see its "over" state (middle). A Flash button usually changes appearance when clicked, showing the "down" state (right).

Figure 5-16. When the button is just sitting on the page, it's in its "up" state (left); when the mouse rolls over it, you see its "over" state (middle). A Flash button usually changes appearance when clicked, showing the "down" state (right).

A Warning about Flash

It's important to understand, however, that Flash buttons (and Flash text, as discussed on Section 5.6.3) are based on Macromedia's Flash Web-animation technology. Flash is the standard format for Web animation, thanks to its small file size, crisp graphics, and interactive effects. But Flash files (called Flash movies) require special software to view; ...

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