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Flash Preloader Tutorials: Listing

There are so many different ways to build a preloader in Flash and each variation has it’s advantage and specialist use. Learn the difference and see an example and description of each. This should help you select the one you need:


Flash Tutorial: Preloader Standard
105 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility: 
Flash 8 and MX04  or  Flash MX and Flash 5

This is a very robust preloader. This is suitable for all versions of Flash from Flash 5 and can be used with either ActionScript 1 or AS 2.

It takes slightly longer to build than the preloaders listed below as it does not use and Flash Components. This means that you have to build everything from scratch. But it is such a small file there is not much to build. If you are unsure as to which preloader to use - select this one as a basic robust preloader.


Flash Tutorial: Preloader Progress Bar Component
147 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:   Flash 8 and MX04
  (ActionScript 2 only)

This is a the very easiest of preloader to build and this tutorial will show you how to use Flash 8 or MX04 to make your own preloader using the progressBar components.

Why use Components? Find out more: When to use Components


Flash Tutorial: Preload External Jpegs or SWF's
148 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:
  Flash 8 and MX04   (ActionScript 2 only)


External Jpeg loaded using a preloader: Rangitoto Island, New Zealand

If you wish to load external Jpegs or Swf files (Flash Movies) this preloader will calculate the size of the external file and preload it into your Movie. This uses Flash MX04 / 8 components and is very easy to and quick to build.

Why use Components? Find out more: When to use Components


Flash Tutorial: Preload External Jpegs with Scroll Bars
149 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:  
Flash 8 and MX04   
(ActionScript 2 only)


Grab the Scrollbar above and drag. This is an example of a Jpeg photo loading with the Scroll Bars: Auckland, New Zealand

This preloads large images so that you can scroll through the image. It is remarkably easy to build this preloader. This uses Flash MX04 / 8 components.

Why use Components? Find out more: When to use Components


Flash Tutorial: Loading External Images with Components: Picture Gallery
130 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:  
Flash 8 and MX04   
(ActionScript 2 only)


A Photo Gallery created with Flash 8 or MX 2004: Photos of London, UK

This preloads the images one at a time so that you can scroll through the Photo Gallery. This uses Flash 8 / MX04 components and is not compatible with older versions of Flash.

Why use Components? Find out more: When to use Components


Flash Tutorial: Loading External Images: Picture Gallery
129 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:  
Flash MX   
(Only - for MX04 and Flash 8 see above)


A Photo Gallery created with Flash MX (only): Photos of London, Uk

This preloads large images so that you can scroll through the image. It is remarkably easy to build this preloader. This uses Flash MX04 / 8 components.


Flash Tutorial: Loading an External Flash Movie into another Movie
150 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:  
Flash 8, MX04 and MX  


An animation created in one Movie and then loaded into another with a preloader.

In this tutorial you learn how to build a preloader that preloads one Flash Movie into another.

Cross Ref: It is straight forward to load one Flash Movie into another without preloaders and if your movie size is not too big you may decide that it is better not to use preloaders. In which case I suggest you look at the tutorial covering Loading Movie or Jpegs into: Levels


Flash Tutorial: Preload External Flash Movies using Components
151 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:  
Flash 8, MX04 
  (ActionScript 2 only)


An animation created in one Movie and then loaded into another with a preloader.

Learn how easy it is to load one external Flash file into another Flash Movie using the Loader and Progress Bar Components.

Why use Components? Find out more: When to use Components


Flash Tutorial: Preload External Flash Movies using Movie Clips
152 Intermediate
Flash Compatibility:  
Flash 8, MX04 
  (ActionScript 2 only)


An animation created in one Movie and then loaded into another with a preloader.

An easy way to load one Flash Movie into another. This loads the external Flash SWF Movie into a Movie Clip with the help of the Progress Bar Component. Loading a Movie into an MC means that you can address the Movie Clip in the ActionScript and change the Movie Clips properties. This MC includes the external swf file so any change that you impose on the Movie Clip also changes the external Movie nested within.

Why use Components? Find out more: When to use Components


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