I'm making a basic site that is made up of three pages with a common menu. The idea is the user clicks one of the three menu buttons, and the next page swoops down into postion. Nothing new.
I've made the artwork in AI - all nicely separated out into layers. Have imported it into Flash, which is diplaying each page and the menu as a separate layer on the timeline.
I'm about to try creating a button for the first time, but before I do (so I get my head around the workings of the timeline), is the idea to have each animation 'swooping' sequence (when the user clicks to get to another page) in a different time postion on the timeline, and somehow set up three buttons that 'jump' to the appropriate animation sequence on the timeline?
That's one approach, but that can be visually iffy if you allow the buttons to be accessible during the transitions. If the speed of your transitions can beat the time for the user to click one button after another, then it shouldn't be as much of a problem. IF you hide the buttons during the transitions, no problem at all.
Depending on your swooshing intentions, you could use coded Tweens to realize the animations, and they could be arranged to be less vulnerable to users with clicky fingers. This approach would not reqire moving to sections of the timeline.
Cheers for that.
I found a cool video which helped me get the basics down and adpat it to my site - it all makes more sense now.