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"published and copied the code from the animation_preload.js file to Dreamweaver page"
Why did you this? Unless I misunderstand what you are trying to say here. Please calrify.
Also since you are using Dreamweaver there is an Insert option that is much easier than the maual method you are attempting.
For what its worth, I never place/store anything in the project folder that is unnecessary. The Edge Animate import options (images for example) will COPY from any selected location on your harddrive to the appropriate asset location (/images folder in this case). Its a personal preference and saves on confusion and having to pick and choose items whenever I upload to a remote location.
Thank you for answering. I'm sorry that my question was confusing.
You're right, the Dreamweaver insert option is much easier, but when I use it the only file option I have is an oam file. The tutorials I followed on Lynda.com mentioned (briefly) that oam files will not play when uploaded to a web server. Has this changed since the tutorial was made in 2012? Although I can get it to play using Chrome, I really don't want the client to receive an animation that won't play.
I used the manual method (despite the problems) because when I create only an animation for my clients they rarely have Dreamweaver, don't have the insert option, and use a template services. They want to be able to put the animation into an already-named div. I can send them the entire code if that will work instead for the oam. Is there any way to load the oam file without the insert option? I couldn't find one.
The whole problem no doubt stems from my not understanding and lack of experience with the whole setup process. Even though I followed the Edge tutorial closely there were some gaps in how to prepare the file for upload to a web page. I'm coming from a Flash background and this is only my second animation with Edge (had the same problems with the first).
Also, even though I checked the Google Chrome Frame for IE 6, 7, and 8 (overlay prompt) button when using the web option, that did not work when tested in IE8 (man I wish 6, 7, and 8 would disappear). Should I see some form of the animation or will I only see the preloader? In IE8 I never see the Poster image in either web or oam even when it is located with the other images.
I can recreate the animation again but this time not place any image in the project folder but instead just copy it as you suggested. If that would help the oam file to play, I don't mind doing that. If it would mean I didn't have to upload image files outside the image folder, that would be great too.
I know this is asking for a lot of information, so if you know of some really great tutorials on all the intricacies of setting up an Edge file and saving it for the web, I would welcome those. I'd love to include animation again in my services, so I want to use Edge to its fullest potential.
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You mention a tutorial reference that said oam may not work - that was possibly when/ at a time when the Insert option was not integrated into Dw.
It should work today - at this moment. I realize that you are working with a client site, so to avoid a disaster of any sort, I recommend do a test file. Create your .oam file from Edge Animate.
Open Dw, and use one of the sample pre-made html5 templates.
Place the cursor where you want the composition to appear, then Dw > Insert > Media > Edge Animation.
It should work.
Then follow the same process on a duplicate (backup) page of your clients, just to make sure it is functional.
Thank you for your answer. I'm glad to hear oam will work now! That makes everything much easier.
Yes, I want to avoid disaster, so will test that baby until it squeaks.