I am working alittle with flash right now and I am trying to get an image to work with a thumbnail. You know the typical
<a href="my image"><img src="mylittle image" /></a> But i want to use flash files intead of jpegs. anyone got any idea how I might do this.
its related :roll:
Yes, but why should you care about your thumbnail get indexed? Sorry if this is to off-topic, but I just don’t get the point.
To turn this discussion back to topic, here is where it all started:
My question is what style of Flash….static or moving?
If you want an image to move why not just use a .gif, instead of a .fla
Anyways as far as i understand your question are you looking for a way to have a .fla play when a user mouses over a thumbnail or for the .fla to play like a lightbox?
my full intention here is image protection. The best way to protect an image is with flash. Instead of making an entire website in flash wich is difficult for my at this point in time. I thought maybe I could just replace all the images with an .swf file. so I would make on thumbnail in an swf and one large picture in swf. then when you click the thumbnail.swf the lightbox would activate and bring up the largerPic.swf. the site is
http://www.photobyiris.com . If you click on an image, you will see the effect. I want to know if that can be reproduced with a flash file. I don’t know how to create the effect in flash yet as I am just learning. I will start flash in the winter term at school.
yes it can be done, higher skill level than me though i’m afraid.
basically you have two scenes (1 is the thumbnail, 2 is the ‘lightbox’ element) Then pretty much its a case of sync-ing the timelines.
If you give me a couple of days i can do a very very basic demo.
I personally think the best thing to do would be to add js (no right click) and set the permissions of the image folder to read only. That way people shouldn’t be able to view the individual images therefore eliminating their ability to ‘borrow’ your images
A reality of the web is that images can be stolen – for the sake of accessibility you should use images (jpgs etc) and accept the trials of web content. Thumbnails can’t really be much use to anyone anyway given that they’re low resolution and small, so unless someone wished to use them on another website, there’s no advantage to stealing them. If they wish to use them on a website. then of course they can also steal your flash files and use them just as easily.
The golden rule is to use the appropriate medium for the job. So if you want static images, use jpegs/gif/pings. If you want basic animation – then you have a choice of animated gifs or Flash. If you wish a smoother mock-movie style animation, then yes, use flash.
The site you’ve linked to uses static images in a gallery setting which then displays a larger image when clicked. For this you really should be using jpegs (as you currently have been). If you’re concerned about the larger image being stolen – then make sure that its resolution is set to 72dpi and no higher – this means it will display perfectly clearly on a computer screen but cannot be printed out particularly well. If you wished to use flash for this, then a simple screen grab would be as effective as a low resolution jpeg – so there’s really no gain using flash. You’re just creating necessary work for yourself.
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