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create a movieclip, put a stop() in frame 1 and insert a keyframe labeled "over". copy and past whatever graphics you want to frame 1 and "over". retest.
Here's the tutorial: http://www.cbtcafe.com/webmovies/flash/flyoutmenu-movie.html
the critical junctures are when he creates the movie within the Main Menu button, and then about 2 inches from the end when he add the action script to the timeline.
It might be a really old tutorial. Thanks for the look
I'm guessing that the "old tutorial" is the problem. You haven't said how you know that Flash 9 "won't recogize it as a button," but my guess is you are getting a message something along the lines of:
The selected object cannot have actionscript applied.
Or something like that? If that is the case the problem is that you are trying to publish to AS3 and it no longer allows you to use on(event) type coding directly on object. Believe it or not this is a good thing!
Here is a good tutorial on why this style of coding should have gone away when Flash 6 came out in 2002.
However if you want to still follow the tutorial and you aren't convinced (or ready to drop "on") then you can go to your publish settings and change from AS3 to AS1/AS2. That will allow you to use that style of coding.
Thanks Rothrock - I've been thinking the problem has been with the fact that I'm starting out in Flash 9 and most of what's out there - including what's on Shelfari right now - is Flash 8.
Any books, tutorials, articles you would recommend to get me understanding ActionScript 3 coding from the ground up? Even the most introductory instruction would be appreciated. It's kind of still all greek to me, so unlearning what I'm vaguely ignorant about - I just need to go to a reliable source.