I need the center image (man stealing her purse) to change to 12-13 different photos ... and I have various hotspots that I have implemented. I have the stages done ... but the only format that works for the changing image is GIF and that makes the image look like crap, it's all pixelated and bleh.
I'm sorry, Tooley57. Could you please clarify whether you want the center image to cycle through 12-13 different photos automatically, or do you want the image to change when the user clicks?
If you want to create a slideshow, just click Commands > Create slideshow.
What you want is an animation. The only image animation format is GIF, which (as you've noticed) has a limited palette that is not well-suited to photographs.
http://www.communitymx.com/content/article.cfm?cid=651FF (using Dreamweaver to build the code).
I want the images to cycle automatically with a 2 second delay. I have it working and looking GREAT in Fireworks, until I export it -- then it craps out with the animated gif option. You are correct in saying that Animated GIFs -suck- at color palette options.
I'll have to host all of my photos online and then try to get Dreamweaver to do the trick, I guess... and that stinks because I don't know that program what-so-ever.
I think...that the second link I posted will do for you, even if you are not very familar with Dreamweaver.
The code under "You Spin Me Right 'Round Baby, Right 'Round" takes a list of image names, counts how many there are, and then loops through displaying them. You might want to name yours 01.jpg, 02.jpg, through 12.jpg.
It's either code like this or make a video in Flash or something that you can embed.
Export in SWF format rather than GIF format. Choose File > Save As. Select Adobe Flash SWF for Save copy as. Click on the Options button to refine your export choices.