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Dreamweaver 8: The Missing Manual by David Sawyer McFarland

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Flash Elements

Flash elements are essentially prebuilt Flash movies that you can customize within Dreamweaver. Dreamweaver comes with only one Flash element (Image Viewer), but the Insert bar has an entire tab dedicated to this feature.

Note

If you'd like to build your own Flash elements, check out this useful tutorial: www.macromedia.com/devnet/mx/dreamweaver/articles/flash_elements.html.

Image Viewer is essentially a Flash slideshow. You can add your own photos to the Flash movie; add titles, captions, and links; and choose from a variety of groovy transition effects to make the change from photo to photo more entertaining (see Figure 12-4). Sorry to say, unlike most aspects of Dreamweaver, Flash Elements don't have a user-friendly dialog box. You have to use Dreamweaver's Tag inspector to set the various properties of the Image Viewer, as shown in Figure 12-5:

  1. Click the page where you'd like to insert the Flash slideshow.

    The viewer's factory-set size is 400 pixels wide by 325 pixels tall, so you should place it in an open space like a table cell. Alternatively, you could dedicate an entire page to the slideshow and adjust the size settings. Since the Image Viewer is just a Flash movie, you can use the Property inspector to change any of its basic Flash properties as described on Section 12.1.2.1.

  2. Choose Insert Media Image Viewer.

    Or, from the Flash Elements tab of the Insert bar, select Image Viewer (it's the only button there).

    The Save Flash Element dialog box appears. You'll ...

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