How to Create Swishmax Buttons

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You can produce very interesting and stunning results using Swishmax. The interface is quite friendly and allows you great flexibility in text manipulation and the creation of movies, animations and compelling interactive Flash material. Flash has much of the same interfaces as Swishmax, but Swishmax is simpler. Swishmax buttons can easily be made to deliver rollover effects with URL and MailTo links. Although it is easy to develop buttons in Swishmax, you can also create them with another program and import them as you would in a Flash application.

Things You'll Need

  • SWISHmax (any version)

Creating Buttons in Swishmax

  • Launch Swishmax.

  • Select the Ellipse Tool from the Tools menu.

  • Hold down the Shift Key, and with the mouse drag the Ellipse until it is 50 pixels in diameter. See the Tips section for help.

  • Click the Color option in the Shape Panel to choose a primary color for the button.

  • Click "Fill" from the Fill Option of the Shape palette and choose "Radial Gradient" from the drop-down menu.

  • Select the "Fill Transform" option from the Tools menu.

  • With the Fill Transform selected, click on the gradient of your button and move the cursor slightly up to the left to the 11 o'clock position. Click "Modify" on the Tools menu and click "Grouping > Group as Button."

  • Check the box that says, “Has separate over state,” on the Button panel.

  • Open the Outline Panel if it isn’t already open and click the shape. The button is now functional and needs to have an associated link. In the Outline Panel, ensure the Button_01 name is selected.

  • Choose "Script" in the main window. You are now ready to associate your button with a link to a URL.

  • Click "Add Script'’ and from the drop-down menu select “Events > Button > On Press.” The “on press” command will appear at the top of the main window.

  • Click the “Add Script” again and select “Browser/Network > get URL(…).” The “getURL()" command will appear beneath the previous command statement.

  • On the “getURL()” panel, enter the full URL on the “URL” line. Enter the complete link name, for example: http://intechs.com. Leave the “Window” line blank.

  • Return to the Layout by clicking “Layout:Scene_1” at the top of the main window. The button is now created and will link to the chosen site. You can repeat these steps for more buttons as your design requests. See the Tips section for more help with this step.

Tips & Warnings

  • Tip for Step 3: Click "Panels > Transform" in the "Panels" menu. In the Transform dialog box, you can enter a numeric value in the Width/Height parameters to select the precise dimensions you wish. In this example, enter "50" in the W (Width) box.
  • Tip for Step 14: Click the "Play Movie" icon on the main menu to test your movie. Once this is selected, use your mouse to roll the cursor over your button. Click the button to test the link.

References

  • Photo Credit Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images
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