Everybody seems to like pushing buttons online, but who likes buttons that just sit there? Nobody, that's who. How can you tell if you pressed a button online with your mouse if you don't get some kind of feedback? This tutorial will help you create buttons in Flash that let your visitors know when they interact with them.
The first time I remember encountering a flash site was back in the year 2000 or so when I stumbled across the Harry Potter website. While it has changed a lot since then, I can still recall seeing those animated buttons on that site and how cool they were. When you hovered over them, all kinds of crazy stuff happened. Magic sparks shot everywhere, things changed shape. It was crazy. My dead old grandmother fainted at the site. And I was so immersed in the visuals that I left her there. In fact, I forgot to pick her up when I left that house like three years ago.
Unfortunately I am not an artist, and all of the artists that I do know are slackers. Fortunately though, you don't really need to be an artist to create cool looking buttons in Flash. You just need a little ingenuity and a brilliant young writer like myself to show you the way. So pick up your magic wand and let's get to our class at FumbleMore's School of Flash Button Wizardry.
Before We Begin
I will make a few assumptions:
You have a copy of Flash installed (preferably MX or later).
You know the basics of using Flash (if not you can read one of my other flash tutorials, such as this one).
You can read.
If you answer yes to all of the above, carry on. If not, go rectify the situation. If you said no to the part about being able to read then I'm not sure how you managed to get this far (unless of course you use one of those cool screen reading programs).