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Flash Incorporation


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Duane

3 October 2008 at 8:49am (Last edited: 3 October 2008 8:49am), Community Member, 4 Posts

I'm building a site that uses flash buttons instead of css (only 6 pages). Is there a way to incorporate these flash buttons using SilverStripe CMS?

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Liam

3 October 2008 at 9:05am Community Member, 470 Posts

It shouldn't be a problem. Just setup your flash buttons to link to the page URLs you setup in the CMS.

Then just hard code the stuff in a template.

If you want it so every time you make a new page in the CMS a flash button is made, doubtful.

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Blackdog

3 October 2008 at 11:37am Community Member, 156 Posts

you could get the flash to generate the menu based on a xml feed of the parent sections from silverstripe.

I have seen plenty of xml driven menus on FlashDen.

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Duane

7 October 2008 at 7:08am Community Member, 4 Posts

LeeUmm,

Thanks for the reply. I'd really just like the ability to edit the current pages (that are referenced by the flash buttons) in the CMS. Is this a possibility?

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Liam

7 October 2008 at 3:05pm Community Member, 470 Posts

Nice idea about the XML, didn't think of that. Not much of a Flash guru :)

Yes, you can edit the pages just fine, it has nothing to do with the Flash buttons unless I'm not understanding your post.

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joelg

7 October 2008 at 10:41pm Community Member, 129 Posts

Hi Duane

I'm using flash a lot in my silverstripe cms and it's working great...

I haven't tried using flash in menus though, but maybe you could try creating a menu control inside your swfobject javascript code and add it in your varibables parametre. I've used a lot of controls inside javascript code, and it actually works. It would then be something like this:

var so = new SWFObject("$project/yourFlashFile.swf", "header", "950", "160", "7", "#FFFFFF");
so.addVariable("myMenuArray","<% control Menu(2) %>$Link, $MenuTitle;;;<% end_control %>");
so.write("yourDiv");

From here you could get to the array inside flash and create your dynamic menu... Use code like this in flash:

var flashMenuArray = root.loaderInfo.parameters.myMenuArray;
if(!flashMenuArray) flashMenuArray = "yourDefaultLink1;;yourDefaultTitle1"
flashMenuArray = flashMenuArray.split(";;;");

As said this is only theory, haven't tried it nor worked with it, but maybe it's helpful.
Hope to hear from you if you find an easier solution.

Joel

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Duane

11 October 2008 at 2:24am Community Member, 4 Posts

Hi Joel,

I'm still learning the SS system, so you're talking a bit over my head. In the mean time, I thought I'd just create a css menu below the footer, then I can just use action script for the flash buttons to direct them to the appropriate URL extension. The only drawback is that you can't change the page name/extension in the cms without changing the action script as well.

Duane