you'll need to use some code to display a preloader (or static image) until loading is complete and you're ready to display the full swf.
Okay Kglad, thanks. I'll have to try something else, maybe I can use a separate background photo. Not going to tear down this flash file and rebuild it.
the easiest thing to do is to create a separate preloader containing fla that loads your 40mb swf.
kglad, I understand the concept of what you describe, but have no clue as to how to get it done. You have been very helpful, are there examples somewhere of how to do this? Will I need to purchase Flash as well?
you'll need to purchase flash or have someone else create a preloader for you. there's not necessarily much to a preloader, though:
var ldr:Loader=new Loader();
var urlR:URLRequest=new URLRequest("your40mbswf.swf");
var tf:TextField=new TextField();
tf.text = Math.round(100*e.bytesLoaded/e.bytesTotal).toString()+"% Loaded";
kglad - question: I'm helping a friend post slideshows converted to swf files online. They feature his classic car collection. Each of the 9 or 10 slideshows is approx 35 to 40 MB in size, and each will take a while to load. Would it be possible for someone who knows what they're doing to take those swf files and add a "loading ..." section to the beginning of each one? If not, would one of the "preloader" modules as you describe in your last message be required for each of the swf files? Finally, would you consider doing this work "for hire?" If you would, please let me know what your charges will be and what you would require to proceed. I can supply the swf files and a place online to work on/test them if that would help.
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