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You can't "convert" a fla file to a dir file - they aren't the same
application, format, ...
You could perhaps pull existing resources from the fla into Director and
recreate the Flash file's functionality in Director, but short of
importing swfs (much easier) that's probably the best you'll get.
So recreating the movies in Director is my only option if I want to add things like text, hyperlinks, and other content within Director? I don't suppose you can edit things like that from the swf import?
You can add those things as separate sprites on Director's stage
alongside your swf files, or add them to the fla before publishing to swf.
Perhaps you could provide an overview of what you're trying to achieve
so as to avoid potential confusion.
I appreciate your help, Sean. So I can't pull the source into Director. I guess it's off to Amazon to pick up a Director Book.
A (very) short overview:
I have three swf movies that comprise a preloader screen (zipping images and whizbang text) that fades into the main interactive movie. The main movie is basically an in-depth web page (all 17mb of it) with images, text, and animations. When you click exit, you are directed to a third credits movie. This was all developed in Flash a while ago and has been periodically updated.
Now, the 'boss' wants to be able to market what we've got when she's at conventions, meetings, etc. She likes the intranet page so much that she wants the content put on CD for distribution. I need to take out some of the proprietary stuff and add a few other links, e-mail addresses, change around some text and add some video clips.
After researching, it seems that Director is a better way to go for this purpose than Flash. I guess I can still make the projector in Flash but the more that I read up on Director, the more that I am impressed with it's ability to easily distribute this kind of media.
Not only that, but I guess that I am kind of proud of my creation. I like the fact that Director is so much harder to decompile than Flash.
Did you consider making required changes in the source FLA files and
then using Director as a shell to host the Flash content?
Yes, I did. My limited knowledge of Director is going to hamper that effort so I will have to do some studying to make it work. With three separate SWF's, how do I get Director to play the entire intro then move on automatically to the main movie and not go to the exit scene until the 'exit' button is pressed? Right now, I am using AS and html to control all that.
You can use AS to talk to Director. For example, on the last frame of
your intro swf you could add:
getURL(event: 'go to "main"');
(or something similar) which will tell DIrector to navigate to a frame
I know this is completely ignorant, but Director understands AS, Java, and Lingo? Will the latest Director (MX 2004, 10.1) read AS3?
I really appreciate the help, Sean. Thank you.
> Director understands AS, Java, and Lingo?
Director doesn't "understand" AS so much as you can write AS to
communicate with Director or use Flash objects and their methods in
scripting language to Lingo.