A Load Meter Bar (Countdown
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the approximate size you want your finished Load Meter Bar to be when
at 100%. Set your background "Grid Spacing" to an appropriate size to
draw your load meter bar in the desired size. I selected a Grid Spacing
25 pixels for each 10% increment in download.
Illustration 1, for Grid Spacing example… last page).
To change Grid Spacing, select "Modify…"
Grid Spacing to 25 px
see the grid, select "View"… check "Grid"
two new Layers for the download action statements.
frame 1 empty.
will be using one layer for frames: 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18,
20, and 22 for "If Frame is Loaded… Go to and Play" statements.
will be using the other layer for frames: 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17,
19, 21, and 23 for "Go to and Play" statements, to form short loops,
the animation displays the countdown properly.
in frame 22, draw your finished Load Meter Bar. (One has
been provided). Copy it into frames 2 through 20, on the even frames.
The odd frames do not have keyframes, just regular frames. (No circle).
Copy: right-click in frame 22. Select "Copy frames". Right-click in
even frames 2, 4, 6, 8, etc. and select "Paste frames".
note: When creating load bars for your own Flash movies, it is
recommended that you use the "Eraser… Faucet function" to remove the
outside border of the bar, prior to pasting it into the various frames.
makes it much easier to erase a portion of the bar.)
the erase feature, erase correct percentage amount of the bar in
order to match the % of download shown in text.
In frame 20, (90%) erase the right hand 10% of the bar.
frame 18, (80%), erase the right hand 20% of the bar, etc.
2: "Initial Message" (i.e. One Moment Please… Loading Movie)