I'm about to undertake a big task. I'll try and keep the overview short, and i'd just like anything, from someone saying that its impossible, to a link to a tutorial if there is one.
---> An awards banquet slideshow for sports, where each team has an MVP
So what my vision is, is to have this flash .exe i create to be used for subsequent banquet by people with no flash knowledge. They would just open up the file, click a button 'Add page' and it would bring them to a form that has 'Team name, award name, and award winner'. Then click 'add' or something, and it brings you back to the beginning page, but now there is a list started, so i can edit the slide i just created, or add another one.
Once the 20 or so teams are added, i click 'Create show' and it creates a new .exe that will allow me to open up the file the night of the awards, and have a consistent layout for each slide, clicking an envelope or something to expose the winner on demand.
Also, it would be important to have a photo for each award winner, so i would need a 'browse for picture' button or something.
Is this remotely possible?? I would really appreciate help, even if you just help me along step by step.
yes, but not exactly as you sketched.
you could create a swf that displays your slide show. and you could create a swf that edits that slide show's content so you can add, change and remove content.
Ok, i just thought i could have something like an XML file, or a spreadsheet of some sort, get my slideshow to feed from it, and if i change the data source (xml or spreadsheet) my slideshow would change as well.
But what your saying is make the slideshow, and then make an editor? Would it be easy for someone who knows nothing about flash to edit it?
you'll use an xml file. it will supply the content to your slideshow. and your editer will edit that xml file.
and yes, no flash/xml knowledge is needed to use the editer.