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Sergio Pol
Movieclip templates fill with external info
on Mar 27, 2017 at 1:01:11 am

Hello guys. I need to create a standalone presentation showing info of houses on a specific street. I have a "home" with a Google map of the aforementioned street and houses. I will use that map as a menu where the user would click on a house and then a module of related info would spread. It'd contain a slideshow of pictures taken inside and outside the house, the house address and some info about it.

I was thinking that the best way to do it it would be having those modules as a movieclip template that I create once and then make it call the info from a folder inside the project directory or another swf movie. My idea is to have folders for each house and then I would place the photos and a doc with the info related to each house.

Years ago I worked with flash and now that i'm using animate and actionscript 3 things seem very different. Is it possible to achieve it with animate? Can you point me to a tutorial where I can learn to do it? Or maybe tell me what to search for in google since I'm having little luck.

Thank you very much for the help.


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Sam Mattern
Re: Movieclip templates fill with external info
on Mar 27, 2017 at 2:18:21 pm

I think your approach with the folders is smart. You are correct that much has changed since Flash Professional 8 and Actionscript 2. Actionscript 3 is an object oriented programming (OOP) language, and thus is structured much differently than AS2, which could do OOP but didn't strong arm you into doing it.

I would start with the theory of OOP:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Object-oriented_programming

The basic idea as it applies to your project is that your object is your house. You will write a class to describe everything you need to store/display about the house. Then you can easily create as many houses as you need because each house contains the same types of information (number of bathrooms, number of bedrooms, color, address, photos, etc).

There is a decent book that explains the theory and how it applies to AS3/Flash/Flex/Animate, which I found helpful.
Object Oriented ActionScript 3.0

Last but not least, make sure to use AS3 in your search terms when Googling for help.

Best of luck. I personally struggled with the transition. I think OOP is too complicated for 90% of the work in Flash/Animate and drove creative people who dabbled in programming away as a result.

-Sam


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Sergio Pol
Re: Movieclip templates fill with external info
on Mar 27, 2017 at 3:13:51 pm

I can see that Sam. I like programming a little but I must confess its complexity frustrates me sometimes. Beside Actionscript 2 I have some experience with After Effects expressions and Adobe Extendscript so maybe I'm a little more comfortable now with all that. It's still too complicated to me however. Thanks for the help I'll check the link and consider buying the book.


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