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mbudm says
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mbudm says
Could you like, provide us a small screenshot of the scrollbar? Maybe its a small bug that just a few people have, but it would come in handy for the devs here when they want to take a look at it.

I know what EB is talking about.

Take a look to get a better idea of the way this section looks in IE8 as opposed to FF3 .5

Hehe – that’s not the only reason I’ve moved back to Flash from CSS /XHTML but it’s definitely one thing I don’t miss. Remember how we all hoped IE7 would finally work as well with standards compliance as firefox? and now ie8 is keeping that (ahem) independent flame burning

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mbudm says

I’m also relatively new, but the pattern with my six files seems to be:

A couple have hardly sold much at all

A couple continually tick over at a regular pace – even after 8 months.

One new one (2 months old) is doing quite nicely thankyou. However this is still on the first page of Site templates, so it will be interesting to see what happens when it drops off that page.

My conclusion with the ones that maintain sales is that this must be because they have relevant keywords as searching is the great equaliser between old and new files.

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mbudm says
I think in OOP terms this is called an ‘interface’ rather than an API … It is not something I’m experienced with, but AFAIK it is very straightforward.

Yes that sounds right – I mean a loaded swf is like an OOP object in that it is a ‘black box’ so describing the functions that can be called in your child SWF is saying… this is the interface to my black box – these are my ‘public methods’.

Interface is probably also a less confusing term than API for the atypical FlashDen Buyer.

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mbudm says
I’m up for that :D

Now why didn’t I spot that :D … mental note, use lower case d next time… and definitely don’t a ‘p’ after a colon … :p or just stop being lazy and use pastie

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mbudm says
For the SWF doing the loading:

- Nothing in _root or _global

- Pass on any resize events to the resize function in the loaded SWF (with the width and the height is available to the loaded movie to render within)

- Call the initialise function in the movie and pass the specified parameter

Child SWF should use ADDED _TO_STAGE / REMOVED _FROM_STAGE to add / remove its listeners and initialise / (pause/kill) itself. Then, as long as its within the display list it can acccess the stage property and its resize handler will work without the need for the parent SWF to pass the new stage size as a parameter… (AS3)

:)

It would be nice to see some conventions being looked out for when reviewing… :)
It would still be useful to have a resize function, for the case where you need to resize something dynamically to fit within a smaller part of the stage or for animation purposes.

Yeah thats the use I was thinking of for the resize function.

Maybe because we all code differently we culd just put some info on our descriptions about how this file can integrate. After a nights sleep I had a head slapping moment… what I’m talking about is of course an API .

So maybe we could have something like this for a child SWF

API info This file is designed to be loaded into another file, the functions (methods) that this file has available for the parent SWF to call are:

functionName(parameter:DataType) Description goes here…

or this for a parent SWF :

API info This file is designed to load in external files. When the external file is loaded this file is set up to call these types of functions (actual function names can be edited in the XML file):

functionName(parameter:DataType) Description goes here…

Types of functions could be

init resize unload (eg finish – do your thing to shut up shop) etc….

And we can then support as little or as much as we like.

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mbudm says

Hey there,

On your php page you’ll notcie things like this:

<?

// some code in here

?>

These mark the beginning and end of the php code. Outside of these you can put normal html code. Eg:

Some html

<?php // some php code

?>

Some more html code

So you should be able to embed your flash menu outside the php code area. Hope that helps.

M

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mbudm says

Hi there,

The past few weeks I’ve done a few freelance jobs for people integrating other files bought on FD into my template that they’ve already bought.

I think we all try and make our files as reusable and adaptable as possible, but of course with the flexibility of Flash we all have our own ways of coding things which can sometimes make integration quite hard.

So in case this hasn’t been covered before (if it has I blame the search tool – I couldn’t find anything in the forum archives on this ;-) ). I thought I’d put the idea out there of coming up with some simple protocols for integrating files.

This could be as simple as:

For the loaded SWF :

- Nothing in _root or _global (generally good practice anyway imho)

- a function to resize the movie

- a function to initialise the movie (could pass an XML file or something)

For the SWF doing the loading:

- Nothing in _root or _global

- Pass on any resize events to the resize function in the loaded SWF (with the width and the height is available to the loaded movie to render within)

- Call the initialise function in the movie and pass the specified parameter

Now as you may have guessed – this suggestion follows my way of doing things, but I’m interested to see if others think they could work with this basic protocol – or suggest a different/better one.

I figure if this works we could then say on our item descriptions that this file adheres to XXXX protocol, meaning that buyers will have a better chance of making it work with another file they have purchased that also adheres to the protocol.

We could even have a simple ‘test bench’ – a basic SWF that loads a file and a basic SWF that can be loaded so that Authors can check that they have created something that works with the protocol.

We would probably have to have a disclaimer saying that it isn’t guaranteed to work 100% of the time… what is…. but in my view it’s better than nothing.

Cheers,

M

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mbudm says
I don’t think envato would share that kind of information publicly since it might contain some kind of confidential stuff.
An anonymous survey is confidential stuff? :D

thumbs up for the idea +1
Envato tend to hide this kind of information, just see the previous messages of Cyan. They see this kind of information confidential because it might be used by some competitors. I said that it might be confidential just because of this.

They could always distribute a market research report to exclusive authors via email, we’re all pretty trustworthy ;-)

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mbudm says
My next version of this will allow numbers to be replaced by names if the author want is so #/0/2/0/3 could instead be #/main/people/bob/activities

coughusecoughactionscriptcoughthreecough :)

Noooooooo not that discussion again:

http://activeden.net/searches?term=as2+vs+as3&type=forums

We all have our own reasons for choosing what we code in.

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