The use of Flash animation has increased dramatically over the last couple of years. As a result, most of your visitors are able to view flash files. Well used flash can take your website to the next level; however, as with audio, the use of flash files can sometimes go a little “overboard”. Good taste should be the rule.
To insert a Flash file, in the page editor, click where you would like the Flash file to be located within your page and then click the "Insert / edit embedded media" icon. Click the folder icon next to the "File/URL" field (Figure 1) to access your Asset Manager.
In the top, right hand corner of the Asset Manager (Figure 2) make sure that "Flash" is selected from the drop-down menu. This will allow you to select the desired file from your upload list. Select the file you want to use and click "OK" button to return to the Media dialog box.(Figure 2)
You can further adjust setting for your file by clicking on the “Advanced” tab in the Media dialog. There are two sections under the “Advanced” tab, the “advance” section and the “options” section. (Figure 3)
Under the “Advance” section you can adjust the following:
- ID – The ID is the name of the file that is displayed within the coding. The ID is generally not seen by visitors; however, some screen reader software will let blind visitors know what the ID is. The ID can allow you to indicate to visitors using screen readers what the flash file is. (Figure 4)
- Name – This is the title of the file that you are inserting (Figure 4)
- Align – This option will NOT control how your Flash player or Flash object aligns within the page but how it aligns with the text around it. There are 4 options: (Figure 5)
Top: This will align the Flash at the top of the text.
Right: This will align the Flash to the right side of the text.
Bottom: This will align the text to the bottom the Flash
Left: This will align the Flash to the left side of the text.
- Background – This controls the background color behind the Flash. (Figure 5)
- V-Space / H – Space – HSPACE sets the horizontal space (buffer) between the image and surrounding text. VSPACE sets the vertical space (buffer) between the image and surrounding text. (Figure 6)
The second section is the “options” section. The options under this section will change depending on the type of file you selected under the “Type” section under the General tab. (Figure 7)
The most common options under the “options” section are:
Once you have selected the settings you wish to use, click the “Insert” button . You should now see the audio player in the page editor. Finally, click the “Save” button in the top, left corner of the page editor.
- Loop –Checking this will make your file restart once it is finished. If check it will keep replaying until a view leaves that page.
- Auto Play – Checking this option will make your file start playing as soon as the page opens.
- Show Menu – Checking this option will show the menu or controls for the player that the file is playing in.
Note – Other options are available under the “options” section but we recommend that unless you are familiar with these options that you not change them.
*Tip: You can quickly edit your media file by right clicking on the file within your page and selecting “Edit embedded media”.