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How can I update/ redownload Flash Menu Factory?   Top

Click here to update/ redownload Flash Menu Factory. You will need your Customer ID given to you when you purchased FMF. In case that you don not remember your Customer ID, please click here to provide us your name and email you used when you purchased FMF.

I upgrade/change computer and now Flash Menu Factory does not work.   Top

You must redownload and reinstall Flash Menu Factory on your new computer. Click here to redownload Flash Menu Factory. You will need your Customer ID given to you when you purchased FMF. In case that you don not remember your Customer ID, please click here to provide us your name and email you used when you purchased FMF

Why do I see a message prompting me to “click to activate and use this control” when I roll my mouse over a Flash menu?   Top

Recent changes in Internet Explorer now cause it to display a double-dashed line and a popup tool tip "Click to activate and use this control" around JAVA applet, Flash presentations, and other active page content if the code is inline in your page HTML.

There is a way to avoid it using a small script (we have done the same with our online examples (http://www.flashmenufactory.com/FlashMenuFactory/examples.asp?tab=2 ).

Please visit the following link describing how to do it: http://blog.deconcept.com/swfobject/

Macromedia has provide it's own solution to the above problem, although more complex, it might eventually be a better way of dealing with the problem, as their solution is more robust: http://www.adobe.com/devnet/activecontent/articles/devletter.html

How to highlight submenu item   Top

You can pass a variable and make a specific menu be highlighted ( "open") when you load a page. To this add the variable "tab=" and the number of the menu you want to open. In the following example the third menu will be highlighted.

Example:
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<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase= "http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" width="738" height="185">
      <param name="movie" value="menu.swf?tab=3" >
      <param name="quality" value="high" >
      <param name="wmode" value="transparent">
      <param name="menu" value="false">
      <embed src="menu.swf?tab=3" quality="high" "http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="738" height="185" wmode="transparent" menu="false" ></embed>
  </object>

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Click here to see a live example of the above code.

 

In certain pages, I want a submenu to open automatically. How can I do this?  Top

To make the menu open you should force the flash to go to a specific frame. It is a bit tricky to find the frame as it is different in every menu. You can do this using the following JavaScript code:

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<script type="text/javascript">
menuName="MyMenu";
frame=22;
var intervalId = setInterval ( 'checkLoaded()', 1000 );
function checkLoaded ( ){
if ( getFlashMovieObject(menuName) != null ){
var flashMovie=getFlashMovieObject(menuName);
flashMovie.GotoFrame(frame);
clearInterval ( intervalId );
}
}
//
function getFlashMovieObject(movieName) {
if (navigator.appName.indexOf("Microsoft Internet")==-1) {
if (document.embeds && document.embeds[movieName])
return document.embeds[movieName];
} else {
return document.getElementById(movieName);
}
}
</script>

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Replace the menuName="MyMenu" with the name you have given for you flash menu. In the following example the menuName is "MyMenu"

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<object classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase= "http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,28,0" name="MyMenu" width="517" height="150" id="MyMenu">
<param name="movie" value="Examples/Wild West.swf">
<param name="quality" value="high">
<param name="wmode" value="opaque">
<embed src="Examples/Wild West.swf" width="517" height="150" quality="high" wmode="opaque" "http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" name="MyMenu"></embed>
</object>

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For a live example of the above code click here

Can I create menus in other languages?   Top

Yes, you can create menus in other languages. Select an Open Type Font (for example the Arial font of windows) and this will give you the ability to write in Unicode text.

Can I use URL parameters to navigate (e.g. somelink.php?frame=details)?   Top

Yes, you can use any type of links as you did in the html <a href> tag. So, you can have querystring (e.g. somelink.php?frame=details) or even JavaScript calls like javascript:myfunction().

Is there a way to call a JavaScript when the user click an option from the menu?   Top

Yes, you can call a JavaScript using the Link textbox of a menu item. For example if you have the following javascript function that opens a pop up window:

<script language="javascript" type="text/javascript">
function openpopup(url) {
newwindow=window.open(url,'name','height=200,width=150');
if (window.focus) {newwindow.focus()}
}
</script>

In html code to open the pop up when a user clicks on a link we will use the following:

<A HREF="javascript:openpopup('example.html')">Link to example</a>

In order to do the same with the an FMF menu, all you have to do is to add in the Link textbox of the menu or submenu the following code:

javascript:openpopup('example.html')

For a live example of the above code click here

How many item levels can I create?   Top

You can create two levels, main items and subitems (menus-submenus). We believe that two levels make the navigation easer for the user.

I receive the message "Cannot create ActiveX Component".   Top

Please, visit the following page  http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/ and install the Flash player. This will solve the problem.

I receive the message "Couldn't find library MSVCR80.dll ".   Top

This is due to a Microsoft Net Framework 2.0 issue. Just locate MSVCR80.dll on your system and copy it to system32 folder under windows directory. This will solve the problem.

When I open Flash Menu Factory - it stops at "Initialize Application".   Top

Due to our anti-piracy measures, Flash Menu Factory (FMF) is designed to work on single computer only. As a result, FMF will only work on the computer that you run FMF License Utility. Please, run the FMF License Utility again on the computer that you want to install FMF and follow the instructions.



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