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FAQ

What are the strong points of Anim-FX?
 

A lot of people want a simple program that just lets them input their text and generates an animation. No programming, no difficult procedures, no special skills required. Anim-FX does just that. Plus, unlike some other tools that create banners or text effects, Anim-FX gives you multiple lines and the flexibility to put the text wherever you want within the animation. Further, we felt that we have created different and more complex text and background effects from our competitors. On top of that we provide you with the easiest way possible to update the content of the files by simply modifying the textfile which resides on your webserver. Definitely a time saver!

   
If I buy Anim-FX now, will I miss out on future upgrades?
 

No, once you buy Anim-FX, you are guaranteed to get ALL future upgrades for FREE. So there is no reason to wait. Better yet, if you buy it now you only pay US$27 and will never have to pay for any upgrades, but you can be sure that this price will increase over time and when the features have expanded. So take advantage of this attractive offer and get Anim-FX now!
Updates will be be sent to you through email on a quarterly basis.

   
Why is there a separate textfile combined with a Flash file, instead of just one complete Flash file?
 

Think of it as a database system - although you may think it is a bit inconvenient when you start out, in return you get an extremely simple way of updating your effects. You see, if you want to make any changes to your animation, you only need to change the textfile of the effects and voila, it's done. So if your boss asks you to change the content of a banner, you just click on the textfile, replace the content, save the textfile and that's it. Easy-peasy!

   
  Is Anim-FX compatible with windows vista?
  Yes, Anim-FX will work nicely on systems runnings Windows Vista, only when Windows Vista is set to high security (DEP) you are adviced to install Anim-FX into the "appsdata/local folder" instead. This is where you should by default install all third party software when running Windows Vista.
   
Do you have a program which saves the SWF files without textfile?
 
flash animations Yes, we own another Flash software application. It's called Mix-FX Flash animations, which is one the leading Flash text effect and Flash button creators. Mix-FX Flash animations allows you to create hundred of different text effect combinations. It's extremely easy-to-use and highly recommended for the starting web designer! The file sizes of the created effects are only 4KB on average! Mix-FX Flash animations also comes with a lifetime FREE update guarantee.
What is the required SWF code when I use Frontpage or do all the HTML coding myself?
 

When you use a tool such as Dreamweaver you don't need to worry about it as it's done automatically, but when you code directly in HTML or use Frontpage you need to add the following code: ( Note that the registered version of Anim-FX does include it's own HTML code generator)

<OBJECT CLASSID="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000"
WIDTH="468"
HEIGHT="60"
CODEBASE="http://active.macromedia.com/flash5/cabs/swflash.cab#version=5,0,0,0">
<PARAM NAME="MOVIE" VALUE="blinds.swf">
<PARAM NAME="PLAY" VALUE="true">
<PARAM NAME="LOOP" VALUE="true">
<PARAM NAME="QUALITY" VALUE="high">
<PARAM NAME="SCALE" value="noborder">

<EMBED SRC="blinds.swf"
WIDTH="468"
HEIGHT="60"
PLAY="true" 
LOOP="true"
QUALITY="high" 
scale="noborder"
PLUGINSPAGE="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"> 
</EMBED>
</OBJECT>

To make this code work for you you need to update the name of the SWF file twice (currently blinds.swf) and set the desired width and height. (Currently 468 x60 pixels).

Remember that this code is also included in the "C://Program Files/Anim-FX/Website HTML Samples" directory and that you can also generate this code inside Anim-FX by clicking on the "HTML code" button.

A short explanation on the above code!
When you insert a Flash movie into a document, you should use both the OBJECT tag (defined by Microsoft for ActiveX controls) and the EMBED tag (defined by Netscape) to get the best results in all browsers. That's why you must change everything twice!

A final note.
Please ensure that the SWF & TXT file are placed in the root directory of the web and not a sub-directory.

   
How to import Anim-FX files into Frontpage 2000?
 

Go to Insert - Advanced - Plug-in and click on the "browse" button. Select your Anim-FX file. Now enter the appropriate size and click on OK. Finally, save, and preview your file. It's of utmost importance that you save the file first before you click on preview, or else you will see nothing.

Everything will work fine like that until you try to create an animation with a totally different size such as a banner. This requires that you add the scale="noborder" tag in your HTML code so then your complete line of code should look something like this:

<embed width="468" height="60" src="yourmoviename.swf" scale="noborder">

The above line will work nicely with Frontpage but we do recommend that you use the code that we discussed in the previous question.

   
Q: why do I see a message prompting me to "click and activate and use this control" when I roll my mouse over a Flash animation?
  This happens because of the latest I.E. update. To solve it and learn more about this issue please read thru the instructions at the click and activate and use this control webpage.
   
   
How to import Anim-FX files into Frontpage 2002?
  Go to Insert - Web Component - Advanced Controls - Plugin
Please refer to the Frontpage 2000 section for any further info.
   
How to import Anim-FX files into PowerPoint?
  Go to View - Toolbars - Control Toolbox and click on the icon which looks like a little hammer. Select "Shockwave Flash Object" from the list. Now you must drag a square onto the place where you want the Anim-FX file to appear. After you have done this, right-click on the box, choose properties, and the properties menu will pop up. To add the Anim-FX file you must click on "Custom", and select the "Build" icon (the three dots at the end of the line). Now you must enter the Movie URL (make sure that you enter the correct path!) and check the "Embed Movie" box as well. Finally, save and run your slide show in presentation view. Click here to see the entire tutorial.
   
How do I make an Anim-FX effect jump to my HTML page at the end of the animation?
  First make sure that you enter "1" in the loop field. Then enter http://www.yourdomainname.com in the "URL at end" field.
   
How do I turn off the sound?
  Simply turn the sound to "0".
   
Can I insert the Flash animations into Myspace.com?
  No, this is not supported as you can not upload the textfile and SWf file to your myspace.com account.
   
How do I open a different window when the user clicks on the animation?
  Enter the respective URL, in the URL input field, and put the target frame to "blank"
   
I have inserted the Anim-FX animation into my website, and when I preview it I can see the preloader but after that I'm left with a black box, where supposedly the animation should be?
 

This problem happens because the SWF file can not find the TXT file, and therefore it does not displays the content of the animation. You can resolve this by putting the SwF file and TXT file in the same directory as where the HTML file resides.

This problem normally happens when you put the SwF and TXT file in a sub directory, such as assets, graphics, animations, etc., or when you forgot to upload the TXT file altogether.

So assuming that you put the SwF file in your index page, you must also upload the SwF file and TXT file to the root of your website directory.

Another reason might be, although odd, is that the textfile was corrupted, this happens sometimes when you upload the text file as binary instead of ASCII.

   
How do load the effects into Flash?
  You must use the Loadmovie action to do this. For example
loadMovie ("zoom.swf", "holder"); You can use _levels and target movieclips to attach the effects to. The licensend application does include a sample.fla file as well Check out this sample.
   
How can I use the files in my website?
 

You must copy the text file and the chosen effect to your webpage directory. Then you must import the Flash files into your webpage and modify the width and height settings until you get the dimensions you want. This is exactly how we put the animations onto this website as well. Read a detailed how to here.

   
Am I limited to the dimensions in Anim-FX or can I alter the sizes?
 

You are not limited to them; you can easily change the dimensions by just modifying the width and height properties of the effect in your HTML file and adding the SCALE parameter. For example, the effect at the top of this page is made with a standard intro size of 600x300, and in the HTML file we have put the width at 100% and the height at 80 pixels, thereby changing the size. If you want to use different dimensions, for example for a banner, it's important that you always leave the Y position of the effect in Anim-FX at 150. An add the scale no border tag in the HTML code. Anim-FX does have a feature to generate the code with the desired dimensions instantly.

   
Can I use special characters like é, ñ etc. in Anim-FX?
 

Yes you can. Just use the special keys on your keyboard to generate these letters or characters, or use the universally understood Alt codes. For example, Alt-130 (pressing Alt while typing 130) will give you é, Alt-148 gives you ö and Alt-146 gives you ñ. Some of these may not display in your text field in Anim-FX, but will come out in your preview window and saved file. There is one exception and that is the "&" sign, as you need to enter %26 instead of Alt-38.

For more info on this please visit the official Macromedia Flash web site where you will find the correct code for special characters in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Swedish, etc. as well.

Another usefull resource is the windows character map.

Access it from Windows Accessories
1 Click the Start button.
2 Choose Programs > Accessories > System Tools > Character Map.

   
How can I modify the text file?
  If you want to modify the text file there are a few rules that you should follow.
1) Always use your notepad. Other tools might add hard returns when you save the file, and this may cause a part of the text to disappear.
2) Never change the structure of the text file. Each variable is referred to as "&variablename=details". To update the content of your file you only need to change the details section.
3) When you save the file, don't change the filename into a name which is different from the corresponding SWF file.

Of course you can also create a new text file in Anim-FX.
   
I have successfully adding the SWF file into Dreamweaver, but the animation is too small.
  This happens because you want to use a smaller size such as a banner of 468 x 60. Therefore, it's important that in the "Flash properties" menu you set the "Scale" to "no border"
   
I created a banner and added the no border tag but still can't see the animation.
  When you create a banner it is important that you put all the Y positions of the text to 150 (the default setting) as only the middle of the SWF file will remain when the top and bottom of the animation will be sliced off because of the no border tag. So don't set the position of your animation in Anim-FX to X 20 and Y 20 but to X20 and Y 150!
   
What about that freeze button?
  Anim-FX let's you freezes the 5th line of each animation. To do this you must enter 5 lines of text and put the loop option to "1" or higher. Click here to see a sample
   
Are there any license restrictions?
  Yes. You may not make or distribute copies of the software, or transfer it from one computer to another or over a network. You may not rent, lease or sublicense Anim-FX, nor may you modify it or create derivative works based upon the software.

Can I resell the Anim-FX animations as part of my own templates?
  No, Template-developers who want to distribute/resell the effects as part of their existing HTML/FP/Dreamweaver/Flash/HTML or any other kind of templates, are not allowed to do this.
   
Can I add a background picture underneath the SWF in HTML
  Yes, a background picture is possible. To do this, just add the following line of code to the object section of your HTML code:
<param name=wmode value=transparent>
in the embed section of your HTML code you must add:
wmode="transparent"

The licensend application does include a sample HTML file with transparency.
   
What about the "HTML code" button?
  Each Flash file does require some dedicated HTML tags. The "HTML code" feature allows you to generate this code instantly. You need to set the "width" and "height" of the effect and put the scale to "no border", "show all" or "exact fit", and click on "generate code". Note that to create a banner you must put te "scale" option to "no border".
   
Which target frame should I choose?
 

_self Loads the specified URL in the same window or frame containing the Flash movie. This is the default value, if none is specified.

_blank - Launches a new browser window and loads the specified URL into it, keeping the original window available.

_parent - Loads the specified URL into the parent frameset of the frame containing the Flash movie.

_top - Loads the URL into the outermost frameset of the current HTML document.

   
Can you recommend a program which creates Flash News tickers?
 
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How to add the Anim-FX animation to Netobjects
  Add the swf file to the page using the FLASH tool. Next, click on the assets view, and click on new asset. Give it the name of the desired textfile , -for example spinner.txt- and browse for the file.
   
How to change the black top and bottom stroke
  This is not related to Anim-FX but it is caused by the background color of your html file. To change the background color of your HTML file you must change the background color tag in your HTML page. In case you don't have this tag. Please add the following line of code in the body section of your html code. <body bgcolor="#FF0000"> This will render the HTML page red