How to Make Flash Buttons With Swishmax 2

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How to Make Flash Buttons With Swishmax 2
Create Flash buttons in Swishmax 2. (web buttons image by Bradlee Mauer from

Flash animation has come to be used for many different purposes, from creating entertaining videos and ads to making exciting games. Another area it is being widely used in is Web page creation. Flash elements can add a measure of coolness and sophistication to any site. While you can use Adobe Flash to create the Flash content for your site, you don't have to. If you only want to make some cool Flash navigation buttons, you can do this using the much easier and less expensive Swishmax 2.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Sketch out on paper the layout and appearance you want for your site. In particular, decide on the appearance, size and position of your buttons.

  2. 2

    Open Swishmax 2. Use the drawing tools to draw a button shape, like a rectangle, on the canvas.

  3. 3

    Click on the "Shape" tab and enter a name for the button. Then choose the colour and line style for the button.

  4. 4

    Select the "Modify" menu and choose "Convert." From the options, choose "Convert To Button." In the object menu, click on "Has Separate Down State" and "Has Separate Over State" next to the button. Set a new fill colour for each state. This will change the colour of the buttons when the mouse pointer chooses the button, and when the mouse pointer hovers over it.

  5. 5

    Go to the "Panels" menu and choose "Script." Select the button. Click on the "Add Script" drop-down menu, and choose "Browser/Network > getURL(&hellip" and in the "URL" section of the "Properties" window below the script, type in the address you want the button to go to. Save your work.

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