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Drop Down Menus - Be a Flash Menu Master!
By: Jake Smith
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  • Drop Down Menus - Be a Flash Menu Master!
  • Basically an invisible...
  • It's time to...
  • We need a...
  • The button will...
  • In the layer...

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    Drop Down Menus - Be a Flash Menu Master! - In the layer...

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    Stage 12

    In the layer beneath the menu options in the "open" frame I'm going to drag the "button-invisible menu" out from the library, one for each menu option and resize them to fit. The script for each of these buttons determines where the user goes when they click... in this case, I'm simply going to load another web page in a frame, you can see the script in the picture.

    Stage 13

    Finally, when the user "rolls off" the menu, we want to return to the "closed" frame. The best way to make this happen is to have 3 or 4 huge invisible hit areas to catch the users mouse. Create another invisible button as in stage 8, only filling in the hit area, and add the script to the new button as in the picture, then duplicate twice.

    Stage 14

    Repeat this for each main menu option you need. I followed the whole process 4 times for my menu. Be sure to reuse the invisible buttons as often as possible, as this reduces the final file size of the movie. After all, a simple menu doesn't have to be over 200k!

    JP74 Ltd, Digital Agency

    About The Author

    Jake Smith is Creative Director for JP74, an interactive digital media company based in Blackburn, Lancashire. For further information see http://www.jp74.com

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