You really cannot put enough emphasis on the importance of menus and their role in site navigation. Since menus basically guide visitors and act as gateways through sites, they must be functional, but it also helps if they look good too. By adding some simple animation, sound, and other effects, you can make your visitors' experience on your site a memorable one. If you want to learn how to animate your menus, there are plenty of tools at your disposal. To help you get a quick start on the process, here is a list of some of the top Flash tutorials for menus.
Use the Flash Project Panel to build a dynamic AS3 menu
This tutorial proves that you don't have to be an advanced user to create a stylish and advanced finished product. You'll learn how to create a vertical animated AS3 menu using Flash's Project Panel.
Through parameterized constructors, you will also be able to customize various aspects of the menu to give it the look that best fits your site's needs. It doesn't matter if you want to change the text, colors, or the number of menu items. It's all up to you. Best of all, you can do it rather quickly. The sample used in the tutorial incorporates a lot of color, animation, and even sound that makes the menu stand out from the crowd.
If you want to learn how to make an animated Flash menu but want to see it in action rather than reading text, this video tutorial is right up your alley. The sample menu itself is nothing too complex, but it looks good and has just the right amount of animation to draw your visitors' attention. The tutorial consists of two downloadable videos.
The effect used for this menu is visually stunning. The only problem you may have is figuring out where it fits, as it's not the most common type of menu you will find. The rotating menu itself is fairly basic, as it features various items the scroll in an orbiting motion. You can effect the direction and speed of the rotation with your mouse. The animation is done via ActionScript 3. To change the look of your individual menu items, you can simply edit your Flash movie. The tutorial is short and to the point, but the final effect is impressive.
The Flash menu at hand in this tutorial really looks great and would be a perfect fit on a photography website. As the title suggests, the tutorial teaches you how to create a photography menu with a modern look. Various photos and filters are used to get the final result.
The first step deals with organizing your photos and using a drag and drop technique to place them in their desired menu positions. After that, animation and the application of ActionScript are executed.
While a lot of people may love Apple for their products, their style is not too shabby either. In fact, Apple's menu styles are often cited as being some of the most modern and clean around. If you want to learn how to create an Apple dock style menu with icons that enlarge and shift as your cursor hovers over them, this tutorial can help. It's on the beginner level, and it does not require a lot of time to complete.
All of the steps in the tutorial are easy to follow thanks to the pictures that accompany them. You'll begin with an ActionScript file, move into converting icons to symbols, import classes, and more until the menu is finally complete. You'll even learn how to change the color of the menu buttons on the mouse over.