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Flash CS3

Create dynamic interface elements

Christoph Helzle of interactive digital agency Fantasy Interactive explains how you can save time on interface designs by creating reusable components

Most websites have the same elements in their user interface,such as menus and buttons.With an intelligent structure under the hood,you can reuse components in various projects with dramatically different visuals.This saves you from redoing the basics every time and enables you to focus on the fun,creative parts of the process.

In this tutorial,I will share some techniques we use extensively in our work at Fantasy Interactive.While our approach can be used for many elements,I’ve decided to concentrate on a simple widget in order to explain in detail how to set it up so the design can be changed with minimal work.Because there’s a lot to communicate,the final files are on the disc,and I’ve chosen to walk you through the individual pieces and logic step by step.

Christoph Helzle Fantasy Interactive was founded in Soderfors, Sweden, in 1999,and its clients include Nintendo, Porsche, Vodafone, MTV and Google. Christoph is a senior interactive developer in the company’s New York office. See www.f-i.com.

On the disc The files you need to complete this tutorial can be found in Disc Contents\ Resources\Flash Menus.

Time needed 3 hours

Skills Structure reusable Flash elements Use CSS and image maps in Flash

Computer Arts September 2008

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