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Wordpress and Flash 10x Cookbook by Sarah Soward, Peter Spannagle

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Building a slideshow in Flash with XML

The next level of creating elements in Flash is to incorporate XML. With XML, you do not have to open up Flash, import new image files into your FLA, and position them on the stage in the appropriate key frame. Instead, you can simply update your XML file in any text editor.

This method of slideshow creation is at the intermediate/advanced level because it requires a fair amount of ActionScript in your Flash document as well as an XML file. In addition to changing the images that display in the slideshow, the length of time they are displayed can be changed in the .xml file as well.

If you would like a preview of a sample slideshow, open the slideshow_xml.fla file in theChapter 3 folder.

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