4 Replies Latest reply on Apr 24, 2010 1:33 PM by Ned Murphy

    navigating to new page when flash movie stops in DreamWeaver

    KatyDad Level 1

      Hey Folks

       

      I have a page in DreamWeaver that is an introductory movie built in Flash. I would like to automatically navigate to the first page of my website when the movie finishes without using buttons. So when you open my web site the movie plays, then closes and the first of my web site opens.

       

      KatyDad

        • 1. Re: navigating to new page when flash movie stops in DreamWeaver
          Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Flash intros (aka Splash pages) are seldom used anymore.  This will need to appear on the most important page of your website: the domain name or home page.  If you are comfortable wasting precious web real estate on a splash page, you'll need to add the URL to the last frame of your Flash project file (FLA).

           

          A much better approach would be to build a quality home page with:

          1) links to your other site pages,

          2) a video player with on/off button,

          3) plenty of keyword rich content in the HTML markup.

           

          This way, your site offers something to everyone regardless of whether or not they have Flash player installed on their web device.   It also gives Search Engines something to index which helps drive traffic to your site.  Flash content alone doesn't do well with SEs.

           

          Hopefully I've given you something to consider. 

           

           

          Nancy O.

          Alt-Web Design & Publishing

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          • 2. Re: navigating to new page when flash movie stops in DreamWeaver
            KatyDad Level 1

            Nancy O

             

            Thanks for the reply. It's amazing how much stuff Graphic Designers have to pack under their belt to stay in the game. Thanks for putting up with the questions. Your suggestions were helpful. You feel that a splash page should really be the index page with the options to play the movie or not and buttons to navigate to other pages in the web sight. My web page is actually relatively simply with standard about, philosophy, portfolio, services and contact pages. If I did incorporate the splash page as the index page and wanted it to navigate to a page after the splash played would I use navigateto URL on the last frame in Flash or is there another way. It's actually a page and not a URL that I want linked.

             

            Regards

            KatyDad

            • 3. Re: navigating to new page when flash movie stops in DreamWeaver
              Nancy OShea Adobe Community Professional & MVP
              You feel that a splash page should really be the index page...

              I'm saying a Splash page can only occupy your index page.  That's why they are such a waste of space.

               

              My web page is actually relatively simply with standard about, philosophy, portfolio, services and contact pages.

               

              Nothing wrong with that.  Just be sure to put text links to all of those pages on your index page.  Otherwise people without Flash (iPhone, iTouch, iPad users for example) will never see them.

               

              If I did incorporate the splash page as the index page and wanted it to navigate to a page after the splash played would I use navigateto URL on the last frame in Flash or is there another way. It's actually a page and not a URL that I want linked.

               

               

              A URL can be to your site page or to someone else's site.  EXAMPLE:  http://yoursite.com/page-name.html

               

               

              Nancy O.
              Alt-Web Design & Publishing
              Web | Graphics | Print | Media  Specialists
              http://alt-web.com/
              http://twitter.com/altweb
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              • 4. Re: navigating to new page when flash movie stops in DreamWeaver
                Ned Murphy Adobe Community Professional & MVP

                You can link to a page using navigateToURL(new URLRequest("pagename.html"), "_self"); in the last frame of your intro.