View Full Version : menu.txt problem with swf web template and 5 smaller .swf files

02-28-2008, 05:09 PM
i got a web template off of the internet, it has one "main.swf" file which is the structure and background, then when you click on the navigation manu buttons it is supposed to open up (5 buttons for ) 5 smaller swf files (_1.swf, _2.swf, _3.swf, _4.swf, _5.swf) within the larger file, but it needs a "menu.txt" which i have been unsuccessful in creating does anybody know the code to put in the menu.txt file for it to work??? Please help quick this is for a church and charity community related website, and i really need to get it handled quickly... please help thanks! and the url is www.brevardcharity.com thanks...

02-28-2008, 05:13 PM
We can't help by just looking at your page. We need to see the source files for the menu.

02-28-2008, 06:04 PM
so what am i supposed to do then? and no i'm not getting paid to do this website its for the community, I'm not a professional web designer getting paid by someone else just to do this, what should i do with the source files then?

02-28-2008, 06:08 PM
Post them here? Also thats in my sig not a post.

02-28-2008, 06:13 PM
how do i post the files on this website???


and of course the "menu.txt" file it needs because when i preview the main file in flash, it says error opening 3 urls on bottom, (one of them i fixed but here are the other two)


so obviously it needs the menu.txt file so it can load the 5 smaller .swfs, and the text buttons on the menu are also 5 buttons which i made:

1) homepage
2) charities
3) churches
4) sponsors
5) about+ contact

did you mean to actually post the actual flash files on here or just the names? I'm very new at web design

02-28-2008, 06:15 PM
appreciate anyones help

02-28-2008, 06:16 PM
Post the .fla files here. Meaning load them on your server somewhere and post the url to the .fla file.

02-28-2008, 06:40 PM
give me a valid email address i can post them on a server but i need an email because the server i use asks for an recipient email address to send you a notification

02-28-2008, 06:52 PM
http://www.sendspace.com/file/5102ov here try this, and because i dont know you i only supplied the swf files, which with the right menu.txt file it will still work no problem, let me know, I'm working out right now be right back

02-28-2008, 06:53 PM
appreciate any help, I'm so busy with all this charitywork hahahah, :thumbsup:

02-28-2008, 07:26 PM
Good luck getting help. The fla file most likely contains the actionscript that parses the text file. Without seeing that we don't know how the menu.txt file is supposed to be setup. I didn't tell you to give me ftp access. I told you to upload your files to your server on your own and just give us the url to the files. How much harm can that do?

02-28-2008, 08:49 PM
see i have alot to learn.... wish i would started class on this way before...
okay i can upload the fla of the main which i have, should take probably maybe 10 minutes, think the file is not that big....just a sec, try this one, i appreciate your help, I'm new to designing and to this website


02-28-2008, 10:05 PM
Where did you get the template from?

02-28-2008, 10:12 PM
i downloaded it as a free sample months ago, maybe 5 or 6 months ago, have not used it because i just got flash and just now have more web design skills and a hosting service

02-28-2008, 10:20 PM
They should have provided the menu.txt file. Can you remember the url?

02-28-2008, 10:36 PM
no it was like 6 months ago atleast if not longer, it provided a bunch of files, i think i might have deleted or lost some, infact the only way i was able to find it on my computer was to do the windows search with the little puppy dog that comes on,thats the only way i even able to find them, i was not even sure if i still had them on the computer at all....

02-29-2008, 12:27 AM
i found the menu.txt file but when i upload it onto the server it still does not work, i dont understand???

02-29-2008, 04:15 AM
Can you post it? The flash file is also looking for two more images.

02-29-2008, 05:53 PM
http://www.sendspace.com/file/pchy1l for the menu.txt file

http://www.sendspace.com/file/bpgt0q is the the first .swf file

http://www.sendspace.com/file/5102ov these are for the other swf files

02-29-2008, 10:03 PM
Okay here is what the original fla file would have done. It would have read the menu.txt file to get the text needed to put on the navigation. After each button is clicked it pulls up the correct flash file. In the original source file (.fla) it calls flash movies titled leonardo_1.swf and so forth. Now however the source file has been changed and the names of the buttons were added manually. It was never meant to bring up 5 more buttons. It was just meat to load 5 movie clips, 1 for each button. Upload the menu.txt file to the same directory as your main .swf file.

03-01-2008, 12:27 AM
okay, well i did thatnow, i put the main swf and the 5 minor swf files and the menu.txtfile and the smallp2.jpg into the same file on the server and when i preview i it dreamweaver it works, but when i actually go to the website it still does not bring up the 5 minor swf filesand the buttons still donts do anything, and they are all in the same folder on the server.....???? did i do something wrong???

03-01-2008, 12:46 AM
The 5 minor files and menu.txt need to go in the root of your site meaning they need to go where index2.htm is at. You can see it working online here.


Also I suggest you look into http://blog.deconcept.com/swfobject/

I've implemented it on the test site if you want to see how to use it.

03-01-2008, 03:12 AM
i put the 5 minors and the main and the menu.txt files in a single folder on the server, see? www.brevardcharity.com/test.htm, however, even though the small "p2.jpg" comes up the other files does not... It should work... this code on deconcept, should i put the html into the website???

<script type="text/javascript" src="swfobject.js"></script>

<div id="flashcontent">
This text is replaced by the Flash movie.

<script type="text/javascript">
var so = new SWFObject("movie.swf", "mymovie", "400", "200", "8", "#336699");

and if i do enter it in then how with the 5 files? i have just been going on without it for now because i have to get something done by this weekend... i dont get what i am doing wrong the menu.txt the main and all 5 minors are inside the same folder, is it adding this html then or something else,remember i'ma beginner...thanks for all the help....

03-01-2008, 03:37 AM
I tried to explain it the best I could, view the source code the example page on the test site. Also your files have the word old on them. They can't have that or they won't work.

03-01-2008, 06:05 AM
how do i view the source code on the sample test site???

03-01-2008, 06:16 AM
Umm...in IE, Page > View Source

In Firefox, View > View Source.

Or right click on the page and hit view source.

I uploaded the files on the test server


Look at the filenames.