Chapter 25. Inserting Flash and Shockwave Elements
IN THIS CHAPTER
Getting to know Shockwave and Flash
Using Shockwave and Flashin Dreamweaver
Applying a Flash element
Dreamweaver Technique: Building a Flash Interactive Slide Show
Managing Flash links
Using Flash buttonsand Flash text
Creating inline controlsfor Shockwave movies
Playing Shockwave moviesin frames
Triggering behaviors from Flash movies
Animated splash screens, sound-enabled banners, button bars with special fonts, and other exciting Web elements are often built with Adobe's Flash. Flash combines vector graphics and streaming audio into great-looking, very-low-bandwidth files that can be viewed in a browser using the Flash Player plugin. Flash's vector graphics have also turned out to be just the thing for Web-based animations. Beginning with version 4, Flash gained its own scripting language, ActionScript, and added MP3 compression to its streaming audio. Over later versions, Flash morphed into a solid application platform, with player implementations in cell phones, handheld devices, and even billboards. With a huge base of installed Web-based players—as of this writing, well over 90 percent of browsers can view basic Flash content—Flash is an excellent way to liven up a Web page.
But Flash is not Adobe's only solution for building interactive presentations for the Web. To many Web designers, Shockwave has represented the state of the art in Web interactivity since Adobe (formerly Macromedia) first created the format in 1995. ...