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The first item is an explanation of different methods of control for the display of a Flash .swf in a browser window.

Displaying Flash in the browser

This example contains two versions of the same concept. These movies show how to create your own complex latching button movie clips in Flash. Both movies are done in Flash CS3 using AS3. One example uses the timeline of a movieclip to animate the button through its various states. The second example uses tweening to animate the button.

Latching Buttons

This example show how to use input text and radio buttons as a form in a Flash movie.

Form in Flash

This example shows how to animate a mask in Flash. It shows several options for the masked image.

Animated Mask

This example shows how to build a mask for an .flv video playing in a Flash movie.

Masked Video

This example shows how you can use a Flash movie as the navigation control for a frameset document. The Flash movie is contained in one frame and will change the content of another frame in the frameset.

Flash as Navigation for Frameset

This example contains four variations on methods for playing a transition animation to move from the current content to some new content.

Animated Transitions