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Questions from the WWUG

Weekly questions submitted to the WWUG looking for answers By Stephen Schleicher
This week, Questions from the WWUG, looks at some questions from forums that deal with creating content for websites.

First a couple of questions from the Adobe GoLive forum.

Andreas Mann asks;
"I have a problem with files which I wanted to be downloaded instead of opening. In my case I want that people can download QuickTime movies."

If you are creating QuickTime movies, and the end user has QuickTime Pro installed, they do have the option of saving the movie to their harddrive once it is downloaded. With QuickTime plug-ins now part of the browser it can be difficult for the user to just click on the link and save it to the harddrive. You can always tell your viewers to right-click on the link and select Save As.

If you have any other suggestions for Andreas you can post your suggestions here.

SP has a question about form scripts and icons;
"This is probably an easy task, but I need help. I am trying to insert a HTML form script to link my icon, but I just cannot figure out where or how to paste the script. Also, the icon I have designed is with Livemotion - . SWG, does that make a difference? "

Daniel Weaver responded;
"Go to Smart Objects and place a LiveMotion placeholder and get your icon. The Inspector changes to a LM inspector under one of the tabs. In the inspector you will find a box to paste your html address. You can also make a link in LiveMotion using behaviors. You can make a behavior like "button click" go to the html address."

If you have any further suggestions or ideas for SP you can post your response here.

We've all been to websites that have Flash opens, and sometimes these opens take a while to download. Chip asks how he can create a Please Wait animation for his website;
"The initial page of this website contains an .swf file that takes a long enough time to load that I'd like to run a tiny "Loading...Please Wait" gif animation while it does, along with a link to opt out of the intro. I'm sure this isn't hard to do, I just can't seem to find the information I need. Any help would be much appreciated. "

The WWUG has all sorts of great professionals and knowledgable people popping in and out. Chip's answer comes from Lynn Grillo of Adobe Systems;
"It sounds like what you are looking for is a SWF pre-laoder, not a GIF. A GIF can not determine when the SWF has fully downloaded while a preloader can. Here's what you need:

This tutorial is for use with LiveMotion, but you can find similar tutorials for Flash. "

Keeping with the Adobe and Web creation theme, we jump quickly to our last WWUG question for the week which comes from the Adobe LiveMotion forum.

The final question comes from Alex;
"I can't find anything on this in the user's manual or in either of the two books I've got on LM, so here I am. Does LM allow relative path URL linking? Like if I've got two pages in the same folder on the server, do I really have to draw an absolute path from one page to the other? Is it possible to just type "/info.html" (for example) instead of "file///|/c/yada/yada/www/info.html"? Hope that makes sense..."

LiveMotion WWUG host and self proclaimed funny man Dave Nagel responded;
"Absolutely (pun intended)."

Fortunately Alex, and most of the rest of the people with questions, found their answers this week from the WWUG. If you have a question about how to do something, having a problem with your software, or need advice about purchasing a new piece of equipment, the WWUG probably has a forum for you. And with so many people using the WWUG, you'll find your answer.

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Stephen Schleicher has crossed the country several times over the last couple of years going from Kansas to Atlanta , Georgia, and Southern California. In his time traveling, he has worked as an editor, graphic designer, videographer, director, and producer on a variety of video productions ranging from small internal pieces, to large multimedia
corporate events.

Currently, Stephen shares his knowledge with students at Fort Hays State University who are studying media and web development in the Information Networking and Telecommunications department. When he is not shaping the minds of university students, Stephen continues to work on video and independent projects for State and local agencies and organizations as well as his own ongoing works.

He is also a regular contributor to Digital Producer, Creative Mac, Digital Webcast, Digital Animators, and the DV Format websites, part of the Digital Media Online network of communities (www.digitalmedianet.com), where he writes about the latest technologies, and gives tips and tricks on everything from Adobe After Effects, to Appleā??s Final Cut Pro, LightWave 3D, to shooting and lighting video.

He has a Masters Degree in Communication from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. As a forward thinker, he wrote his Thesis on how Information Islands and e-commerce would play a major role in keeping smaller communities alive. This of course was when 28.8 dialup was king and people hadnā??t even invented the word e-commerce.

And, he spends what little free time he has biking, reading, traveling around the country, and contemplating the future of digital video and its impact on our culture. You can reach him at schleicher@mindspring.com

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