Category Archives: Illustrative Examples

Make a Mouse-over Button in Flash CS4

Need a button to switch frames or scenes?

  1. Open Flash CS4
  2. Draw a shape and select it. Next, right click on the object and name it My_btn. Make sure that it is a button symbol type.
  3. Click on your new symbol. Then in the properties panel, click where it says “< Instance Name >” and type My_btn.
  4. Go to the Library Panel and double-click on My_btn. This should open up a new window where you can edit your button. Notice that the timeline has changed now. Now, the timeline says “Up” “Over” “Down” “Hit”. This is where you edit how the button reacts to the mouse.
  5. Leave the “Up” event the same and copy the “Up” event frame and paste the frame in the “Over”, “Down”, and “Hit” spots. Now, go to the “Over” event and change the color of your button to anything that looks good to you.
  6. Choose Edit>Edit Document to return to the document
  7. Test the button by choosing Control>Test Movie It should be when you roll over the button with your mouse that it changes color and when you click on the button, it changes to your “Hit” color.

Now its time to make a button that is clickable:

  1. Now it is time for the code part. This code will make the button change positions in the timeline.
  2. Go to frame one and press F9(right click the keyframe->Actions or Window->Actions) to open the actions panel and put the following code:

    stop();
    import flash.events.MouseEvent;
    My_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, CursorClick);
    function CursorClick(event:MouseEvent):void{
    gotoAndStop("2");
    }
  3. Create a new keyframe and draw something on frame two.
  4. Test your video and have fun!

Tips if you have errors:
1. note the symbol name “My_btn” in the library, properties instance, and where it appears in the script
2. note the frame # in the lines with a gotoAndStop command
3. be comfortable switching from editing a document and editing a symbol – note the differences in the timeline

Challenge:
Add a similar button to frame 2 that will return you to frame 1.

Try the following script in place of the one above and notice the differences in its behaviour:

stop();
import flash.events.MouseEvent;
My_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.CLICK, CursorClick);
My_btn.addEventListener(MouseEvent.MOUSE_OUT, CursorOff);
function CursorClick(event:MouseEvent):void{
gotoAndStop("2");
}
function CursorOff(event:MouseEvent):void{
gotoAndStop(1);
}

Example button navigation between frames in the same scene:
My_Story.fla
My_Story
[swf]http://iblog.stjschool.org/comtech/files/2011/10/My_Story.swf, 400, 300[/swf]

Example button navigation between scenes:
control-movie-clip-3.fla
control-movie-clip-3
[swf]http://iblog.stjschool.org/comtech/files/2011/10/control-movie-clip-3.swf, 400, 300[/swf]

Example button to start/stop an animated soccer ball:
enter-frame-3.fla
enter-frame-3
[swf]http://iblog.stjschool.org/comtech/files/2011/10/enter-frame-3.swf, 400, 300[/swf]

Looking for help to embed swf objects in your blog? Look for and activate the WP-SWFObject plugin.

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Present a Text in Multimedia

Theme

  • create original texts to communicate ideas

Project
Working in small groups, research a poem(novel, story, drama) using electronic and print sources. Choose a narrative poem, such as Tennyson’s The Lady of Shalott; a ballad, such as Keats’ La Belle Dame Sans Merci; a dramatic monologue, such as Browning’s My Last Duchess; or any other poem that lends itself to research that can be developed into an appropriate presentation.

Blend text, images, music, and sounds in an original presentation, animation, or short film that conveys the poetic elements in an effective multimedia form.

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Students Study Latest Energy Efficiency Technologies

Theme
Many nations and corporations are investing considerable resources in technological innovations to improve the efficiency of energy transfer. Such innovations will result in making society’s economy and the environment more sustainable.

Project
Create a multimedia presentation that provides an overview of the latest energy efficiency technologies being developed around the world, including developing nations.

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Frugal Finances for Fossil Fuels

Theme
The economies in the developed nations, whether they be net fossil fuel producers or consumers, are influenced greatly by the cost of oil and by implication the cost of energy.

Project
Produce a 3-5 minute documentary film on the real costs of increased energy prices on teens.

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My Mother’s Kitchen

Theme
3D Modeling

Project
Take digital photographs of common geometrically shaped objects found in your kitchen. Transform your objects into 3D models using Adobe software.

Place your collection of 3D objects in a single point perspective map of your Mother’s kitchen using Adobe mapping/rendering tools.

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Extended Film Study Podcasts

Theme
Film Review

Project
Select one film for extended study. Prepare a audio or video podcast review of that film. The review should reflect your thoughts about the film, as well as opinions expressed in published reviews.

Your discussion should include the following:

  • your response to some of the elements of the film; e.g., acting, action sequences, characterizations, film techniques and effective telling of the story
  • references to critiques of the film from several reviewers.

In your research, you should consult a variety of sources, including more than one print and/or online source, that reflect critical viewpoints. Compare the critical commentary with your own personal responses. Trackback/pingback the completed podcast, include links to your outline of the research plan that you followed and a list of the resources from which you quoted.

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Students Querie “Quality of Life”

Theme
Some individuals believe that the best way to measure “quality of life” is to adopt the model of a developed nation, such as Canada. These individuals point to Canada’s high standard of living, material wealth and its highly developed industrial and technological base. Others believe that “quality of life” can be measured by other standards, such as traditional values and beliefs, community standards and environmental considerations. Still others believe that societies can incorporate contemporary and traditional ideas to ensure a better “quality of life”.

Project
Your task is to investigate the lifestyles of an Alberta high school student and a high school student in a developing nation, in order to compare the Western emphasis on technological advancement with at least one other perspective.

Produce a 3-5 minute documentary film that compares and contrasts the lifestyle of an Alberta student with the lifestyle of a student in a developing nation.

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Pauling Electronegativities in a Flash

Theme
Lewis dot diagrams, VSEPR theory and Pauling electronegativities can be used to predict the polarities are small molecules, generally with fewer than ten atoms. Once the polarity of several molecular substances is known, it is usually possible to indicate the relative order of their boiling and/or melting points with some confidence.

Project
Use Adobe Flah to draw faithful animations, with perspective, of the following bonding arrangements: AX and AX2 (linear), AX2 (V – shaped), AX3 (trigonal planar), AX3 (trigonal pyramidal) and AX4 (tetrahedral). Craft a short flash animation illustrating the polarity of these bonding arrangements.

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Pupils Prohibit Plastic Polymers in Personal Product Packaging Project

Theme
Plastic is used to package all manner of household goods. Six polymers constitute the bulk of the material incorporated in household plastic packaging. Since there is no commercial market for mixed plastics, numbers from one through six adorn all plastic packaging to aid recycling depots.

Project
Using a suitable source of information, electronic or otherwise, identify which polymer corresponds to a given recycling number. Armed with this information, perform an audit of the plastic packaging products in your household.

The digital document that reports your investigation is to incorporate:

  • information outlining the frequency of each of the plastic types and their uses in your household
  • a computer-generated bar or pie chart illustrating the relative frequencies/numbers of each plastic used in your household
  • a second bar or pie chart illustrating the relative frequencies/numbers of each plastic used in the average household, according to industry sources
  • a short discussion of any similarities or differences between the two charts.
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