you probably have a cross-domain security issue.
to remedy, add your flash files/folder to your trusted list: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager04.htm l
or, upload to a file server and test.
brilliant, such a simple solution !! thanks tons works perfectly, just gotta work out the code to resize the image i am linking to to the this.createEmptyMovieClip bit now - the image i am linking to is way bigger than my stage size !!
you can assign a _xscale and _yscale to resize and that can be done before loading is complete. but, if you need to know the size of the loaded image in order to resize, you'll need to check that when loading is complete.
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