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Flash in Powerpoint

Anim-FX & Power Point How to Tutorial

Importing Flash files created with either Anim-FX or our sister product Mix-FX is a snap in PowerPoint.

By following these simple steps, you will be up and running in no time at all and impressing all of your viewers with your talents!

Please note that for Anim-FX to work, you must have copy and paste the SWF and TXT file into the same directory as where you have saved your PP file!

Step 1:

Open up your PowerPoint Presentation. Select the page which you wish to insert the animation into. Go to View - Toolbars - Control Toolbox (figure 1) and click on the icon which looks like a little hammer. Select "Shockwave Flash Object" (figure 2) 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.

Figure 1

After you have opened the Control Toolbox you will have an option box on your screen which looks like the one in Figure 2

Figure 2

After you have drawn your animation box you will have something similar to figure 3, a transparent box with 6 white dots representing the 4 corners as well as the top & bottom of the animation, you may now resize the animation at this point if it not quite right.

Figure 3

Now we need to edit the properties of your flash animation.  You will now have a white box with an X through it on your screen, this is your animation.  Right click on the box and then select the Properties from the menu (Figure 4).

Figure 4

A Properties box will now appear on your screen.  Double click on the (CUSTOM) setting at the top of the menu as in figure 5.

Figure 5

A properties page will now appear, this is where you will enter the information about your Flash movie.  In the example we have chosen PING as our animation and it is located in the root of drive c:, so in the Movie URL we entered C:\ping.swf.  We also need to make one other adjustment to our movie in order for it to appear properly, in the Scale section, click on the little down arrow and choose NoBorder, this will allow your movie to fit properly in the display box.

Once that is done, click OK, and save it. After you have saved the presentation you can view it in Frontpage. Also be sure to check the Embed Movie option as well otherwise the move will not display correctly when the presentation is moved to another location.

There you have it, a nice simple way to add a little extra pizzazz to your presentation!