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    Help How to put flash on site

    Hi, I'm new here and after searching for a few days for the answer I found this site. I have a blogger blog and I want to put this featured content script on my site. I downloaded the source code from here: http://www.wa007.com/labs/2007/01/09...ontent-module/ . When I opened it there were these files in the folder.

    feature.fla
    feature.html
    images
    xml
    feature.swf



    How and where would I put these files in my blogger blog(classic template) so I can have my featured content dispalyed permanently every day. I know I need to host the swf file somewhere and I will be using google pages for that. I thought I would need some type of JS fle since that is what I have with the audio player that I have. I will be changing the images and headlines on a weekly basis. I know something needs to be in the head of the template and something in the body but i'm lost. Help please and Thanks!
    GiGi. a novice!

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    Okay 12 views and no one can help me or at least point me in a direction in which I may be able to get some help? Did I post in the wrong forum? I read the rules and I don't think I am breaking any by asking this question.

    Thanks Guys
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    Gigi,
    First patience is a virtue Its Sunday night. 12 views is not very many.

    Since you are working with Blogger, the best place for help is Blogger. I found this, which may guide you to enlightenment. I don't use Blogger myself, but you can ask questions about it and I'll do my best. I do understand Flash though.

    http://betabloggerfordummies.blogspo...r-blogger.html

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    Thanks Jeremy, For your kind and pleasant response. You have pointed me in the right direction but unfortunatley I am using the classic template and not the new one. I'm still having difficulties. I will be patient and see if I receive more response.

    Thanks Again,
    Giana

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    Can no one help me out? I just need instruction on what to put where, head, body etc and how to get my content to show up. here is the actual source code.

    <div align="center">
    <!--url's used in the movie-->
    <!--text used in the movie-->
    <!-- saved from url=(0013)about:internet -->
    <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" codebase="http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=7,0,0,0" width="800" height="600" id="hompage" align="middle">
    <param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" />
    <param name="movie" value="feature.swf" />)
    <param name="quality" value="high" />
    <param name="bgcolor" value="#090909" />
    <param name="wmode" value="#transparent" />
    <embed src="feature.swf" quality="high" bgcolor="#090909" width="800" height="600" name="hompage" align="middle" allowScriptAccess="sameDomain" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer" />
    </object>
    </div>

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    I have no idea how to do it with Blogger, which is why I sent that link. Blogger has templates, and I don't know how much freedom you have to edit that template. Could you give me some information about what you can do, and how it works?

    I know how to embed Flash, I have a post in here about the best method. But when you are dealing with a template system it is harder because they don't always allow you complete freedom.

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    The template is in html format (not xtml) and I can basically edit everything I think. I tried embedding the script in the body of the template and basically got a black square which I can edit the sizes but nothing else. Where it says "feature.swf" in the script, I added the url of where I uploaded the swf. file. and that gave me the black square. I viewed the files separately and the xml file is a container for images and headlines that I would want to use on featured content player.

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    Ok so if you are able to edit the entire template than follow the instructions on this post:

    Best Method of Embedding Flash

    and you will probably host the files on your google pages.

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    Thanks Jeremy. Would you please be able to visit the link that I posted in my initial post. That is the way I want my player to look. Other than following step by step instruction well. I know nothing about this stuff.

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    Well doing this requires several steps, which is why this is not easy to answer. Your first post makes it sound like you needed help getting Flash into the layout. You actually need help with that and getting the featured content into it? Do you have the ability to edit Flash files yourself? Because if you don't then you won't be able to change the necessary things to make it work...

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    Yes I have flash 8 for mac. I use a macbook.

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    Alright, then you need to open the file and find where it loads the XML file. It is in the actions layer, frame 2 of the main timeline.

    You have to change this to your xml feed. Blogger lets you export an XML file, but it doesn't sound like it would be the featured content (http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=42662). This means you need to change the XML file to point to your posts and to this custom XML file on your own. If you don't understand the XML just ask, otherwise it is a simple XML file.

    That is the information which is pulled by Flash into the slideshow thing. If you are editing it manually, then the XML is everything you need. Otherwise we will have to cover a lot of other things (how to get a feed formatted properly before sending it to Flash).

    Then to actually put it onto the site, follow the instructions on the post several posts ago.

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    I am most definitely going to need help. Step by step instructions if at all possible.

    There is <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>

    <container>
    <item>
    <photo>images/01.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline One Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>
    <item>
    <photo>images/02.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline Two Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>
    <item>
    <photo>images/03.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline Three Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>
    <item>
    <photo>images/04.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline Four Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>
    <item>
    <photo>images/05.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline Five Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>
    <item>
    <photo>images/06.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline Six Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>

    </container>

    Would I be able to edit this to change my featured content on an as needed basis?
    Last edited by msgigi; 05-01-2008 at 01:36 AM. Reason: more questions

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    Yes, anytime you wanted to change the content you would change this file.

    The parts are pretty simple to understand. Lets look at one item

    Code:
    <item>
    <photo>images/01.jpg</photo>
    <h1>Headline One Goes Here</h1>
    <p>Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max Put text here. You can add 2 lines max</p>
    <url>http://www.cnet</url>
    </item>
    Think of this chunk as the first item of your featured content. The information between each tag is passed to Flash. For photo, the link to the image is passed. For h1, the headline is passed, for p the paragraph is passed, and for url the link for the post is passed. You can have as many or as few of these item groups as you wish. You need all of the parts though.

    Everything else would stay the same. If you only had 3 featured items, you would delete the extra <item></item> groups, and if you need more just copy and past another one at the end.

    It seems like you haven't done very much with web development. I strongly believe in understanding the technology you are using, so I suggest going through this tutorial to grasp the basics of XML. It is fairly straightforward, and about as short of a tutorial as it gets while still having good information.

    http://www.w3schools.com/xml/default.asp


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