3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX

Published on Oct. 7th 2009
83.215 downloads

Features

Version 1.0.2.8557 - 06.05.2012 (view changelog)

- resizable to the extent of 1680 x 1050 pixels
- rotation in any angle
- optional centered image
- customizable images width & height
- all possible rotations behaviors & speeds
- multiple roll over effects
- HTML formatted tooltip
- optional image frames & reflection

Installation instructions for:

Download the 3d-carousel-menu.zip package, extract it and copy all the resulted files and folders in the same location as the web page in which you want the product to be displayed. As an alternative, you can copy all the resulted files and folders in a different folder.

From the downloaded package, the SWF file represents the actual product while the other files (XMLs, images) are the assets that the SWF file uses. A short explanation how SWFs and XMLs interacts can be found here.

Open the HTML file with a text editor (like Notepad or TextEdit) and add the following code where you want the product to be displayed:

<div id="Div3DCarouselMenuAS2FX"></div>
<script type="text/javascript" src="swfobject.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
 var flashvars = {};
 var params = {};
 params.base = "";
 params.scale = "noscale";
 params.salign = "tl";
 params.wmode = "transparent";
 params.allowFullScreen = "true";
 params.allowScriptAccess = "always";
 swfobject.embedSWF("3DCarouselMenuAS2FX.swf", "Div3DCarouselMenuAS2FX", "600", "400", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 600 and 400 from the swfobject.embedSWF() function above with your own width and height that you specified in the settings.xml file through carouselWidth and carouselHeight elements. Also, don't forget to update the paths as specified in this FAQ article if you copied the product's files in a different folder.

CUSTOMIZATION

You can customize the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX using the Live Demo above, press Generate settings.xml button, then select all the generated code (Ctrl+A) and copy-paste it over the existing content of settings.xml file or you can edit the settings.xml file with a text editor.

You can also customize it inserting the values you want for each property using flashvars in the embedding code, like this:

var flashvars = {};
flashvars.settingsXML = "settings.xml";
flashvars.imagesXML = "images.xml";
flashvars.rotationAngle = "20";
flashvars.showCenteredImage = "true";

Note that the properties written through flashvars will override those written in the settings.xml file.

For a transparent background set in the settings.xml file:

<backgroundColor value="0" />

or through flashvars:

flashvars.backgroundColor = "0";

To use your own images edit the images.xml file with a text editor and define in each row the image path, the url to go to when an image is clicked, the target(_self for the same browser window or _blank for a new browser window) and the text in the CDATA section.
Here's an example:

<photo image="images/01.jpg" url="http://www.flashxml.net" target="_blank"><![CDATA[<head>Your text here</head>]]></photo>

You can have as many images as you like. To add a new image, add a new row in the XML file.

If you want to get rid of the flashxml.net label from the top-left corner visible in the free version you have to purchase the product and use the paid version instead.

YYou can see an example on how to add a product in your Wordpress article/page here and how to add it in your theme or as a widget here.

Make sure your Wordpress version is greater than 2.8 and your hosting provider is using PHP5.

 

1. There are two files to download:

    a. WordPress Plugin that you have to install and activate

    b. Free package

2. Create a new folder inside your wp-content folder called flashxml, inside this folder create a new one called 3d-carousel-menu-fx and copy the content of the free package there

3. If you copied the free package to a location different than the one above, go to 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

4. Add [3d-carousel-menu-fx][/3d-carousel-menu-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page

5. If you want to make the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX part of your theme, edit the template files and add <?php fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code(); ?> where you want it to show up

6. Customize your 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Download the ZIP file and use the included settings.xml file to overwrite wp-content/flashxml/3d-carousel-menu-fx/settings.xml

7. To use your own images, upload them to wp-content/flashxml/3d-carousel-menu-fx/images and update the wp-content/flashxml/3d-carousel-menu-fx/images.xml file accordingly

 

Additional settings file

To embed the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX more than once, you will need another settings file and (probably) another set of images. Let's assume your new file is called settings2.xml. Add [3d-carousel-menu-fx settings="settings2.xml"][/3d-carousel-menu-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the file name as the first argument of the fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code("settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Add as widget

To add the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX as a widget, go to Widgets from the Appearance tab in your WordPress Dashboard, then drag and drop the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX from Available Widgets to the widget area you want. You can specify a different settings.xml file and an alternative content for users without Adobe Flash Player from the widget's settings.

 

No Flash support text

To support visitors without Adobe Flash Player, you can provide alternative content by adding the text between [3d-carousel-menu-fx] and [/3d-carousel-menu-fx]. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the text as the second argument of the fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code("", "Alternative content"); ?>).

 

Change WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX in the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard. For widgets, this can be done from the widget's settings. If you want to have a different WMODE value in a specific place, it can be done like this: [3d-carousel-menu-fx wmode="window"][/3d-carousel-menu-fx]. If you're using the PHP function, here's an example on: <?php fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code("", "", 0, 0, "window"); ?>.

 

If you have PHP4

To make it work with PHP4, add [3d-carousel-menu-fx width="400" height="300"][/3d-carousel-menu-fx] where you want the Flash to show up in your post/page. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the width and height as the third and fourth argument of the fx3dcarouselmenu_echo_embed_code() function call. Don't forget to provide your own width and height values, since 400 and 300 are just examples.

 

Getting rid of the FlashXML.net label

To remove the FlashXML.net label from the top-left corner you'll need to buy the paid package. Once you'll do that, simply use the SWF file from the paid package to overwrite the SWF file from the wp-content/flashxml/3d-carousel-menu-fx/ folder.

1. Download the free package. You need to host all the included files from the package on your own domain because Facebook doesn't allow file hosting.

2. Log in to your Facebook account.

3. Search for the Static HTML: iframe tabs application and select it.

4. Click on Add Static HTML to a page button and you'll be prompted for the page where you want the app to be added.

5. Once added you'll see on the left side menu of your page a new tab with a star icon called Welcome. Click on it to edit it.

6. Add the following HTML embedding code in the text field:

<script type="text/javascript" src="http://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/swfobject/2.2/swfobject.js"></script>
<script type="text/javascript">
var flashvars = {};
flashvars.folderPath = "http://www.yourdomain.com/product_folder/";
var params = {};
params.scale = "noscale";
params.salign = "tl";
params.wmode = "transparent";
params.allowScriptAccess = "always";
params.allowFullScreen = "true";
var attributes = {};
swfobject.embedSWF("http://www.yourdomain.com/product_folder/ProductName.swf", "DivFlashComponent", "600", "400", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params, attributes);
</script>
<div id="DivFlashComponent"></div>

Don't forget to use your own URL for the product's location, name, width and height.

7. Click preview to see how it looks or save changes. The product is now added to the Welcome tab of your page.

8. Optional: To change the tab's name, called by default Welcome, edit your page, go to the Apps tab and click Edit Settings option next to the Static HTML: iframe tabs application to enter the name you want.

9. Optional: To make the tab your default landing tab (first thing your visitors see on your page) edit your page and go to the Manage Permissions tab and change the Default Landing Tab. Note that this option doesn't work with the new Timeline for pages.

Getting rid of the FlashXML.net label

To remove the FlashXML.net label from the top-left corner you'll need to buy the paid package. Once you do that, simply use the SWF file from the paid package to overwrite the SWF file from the location where you hosted all the files from the free package.

The module is used for adding the product in one or more pages in a given position (e.g. top, bottom, sidebar) while the plugin is used for adding the product inside a specific article.

You can see an example on how to install a module in your Joomla 1.5 website here, how to install a plugin in your Joomla 1.5 website here, how to install a module in your Joomla 1.6 website here and how to install a plugin in your Joomla 1.6 website here.

Make sure your Joomla version is at least 1.5 and your hosting provider is using PHP5.

 

Joomla Module Instructions:

1. There are two files to download (both under GPL License):

    a. Joomla Module (version 1.5 or version 1.6, 1.7 & 2.5 or version 3.x) that you have to install and enable

    b. Free package

2. Create a new folder inside your Joomla folder called flashxml, inside this folder create a new one called 3dcarouselmenufx and copy the content of the free package there

3. If you copied the free package to a location different than the one above, update the Path from module's parameters accordingly

4. Customize your 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Download the ZIP file and use the included settings.xml file to overwrite flashxml/3dcarouselmenufx/settings.xml

Note that the Joomla Module can only be used once in your website.

 

Joomla Plugin Instructions:

1. There are two files to download (both under GPL License):

    a. Joomla Plugin (version 1.5 or version 1.6, 1.7 & 2.5 or version 3.x) that you have to install and enable

    b. Free package

2. Create a new folder inside your Joomla folder called flashxml, inside this folder create a new one called 3dcarouselmenufx and copy the content of the free package there

3. If you copied the free package to a location different from the one above, update the Path from plugin's parameters accordingly

4. Add {3dcarouselmenufx}{/3dcarouselmenufx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article

5. Customize your 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX using the Live Demo from the top of this page. Download the ZIP file and use the included settings.xml file to overwrite flashxml/3dcarouselmenufx/settings.xml

6. The default name for the settings file is settings.xml, but if you want to use another file (for example settings2.xml), specify the name like this: {3dcarouselmenufx settings=settings2.xml}{/3dcarouselmenufx} where you want the component to show up in your article

7. In some cases the width and height will not be read from the settings.xml file but you can specify them like this: {3dcarouselmenufx width=400 height=300}{/3dcarouselmenufx}. Don't forget to provide your own width and height values, since 400 and 300 are just examples.

 

No Flash support text

To support visitors without Adobe Flash Player, you can provide alternative content by adding the text between {3dcarouselmenufx} and {/3dcarouselmenufx}.

 

Changing WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the module/plugin's parameters. If you want to have a different WMODE value in a specific article, it can be done like this: {3dcarouselmenufx wmode=window}{/3dcarouselmenufx}.

 

Getting rid of the FlashXML.net label
To remove the FlashXML.net label from the top-left corner you'll need to buy the paid package.
Once you will do that, simply use the SWF file from the paid package to overwrite the SWF file from the flashxml/3dcarouselmenufx/ folder.

The 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX component is available for Flash 8, CS3, CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and requires Flash Player 9 or later. To use this product in Flash you need the MXP file that is available only in the paid package.

You can see an example of how to install a component in Flash Professional here.

In this video you will see:
- how to create an instance of the component on the stage: from the Components panel (Ctrl+F7) drag & drop the component on the stage
- how to give a name to an instance for further use in ActionScript: click on the component instance on the stage and from the Properties panel (Ctrl+F3) enter a name (e.g. Carousel) in the text input
- how to access the properties of the component (read or modify) during different moments of your Flash application

Any property of the component could be accessed that way. The names of the properties are identical with the ones from the settings.xml file. The properties of the component can be any of these three types: Number, String, Boolean. We assume it’s intuitive of which type each property is.

Warning! Setting the parameters of the component in the Component Inspector window (Shift+F7) and in the same time having a settings.xml file populated with different values for each property, the properties from the settings.xml file will have priority (meaning that a parameter set in the Component Inspector will be ignored if that parameter is also defined in the XML file).

The most useful information consists in the events the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 is dispatching and instructions how to catch these events.

When the user clicks on an image the 3D Carousel Menu AS2 dispatches:
- thumbPressed (when the mouse was pressed)
- thumbReleased (when the mouse was released)
Along with these events, the id of the thumb pressed or released is being dispatched.
Other events:
- rollOverThumb
- rollOutThumb
- thumbLoaded
- frontThumb
(all these three come too with the id of the thumb being rolled over / rolled out / loaded / frontmost)
- allThumbsLoaded

Note: the order of the ids is given by the order of the images in the images.xml file.

Here is an example on how to catch these events:

in AS2

var event1:Object = new Object();
Carousel.addEventListener("thumbPressed", event1);
event1.thumbPressed = function (obj:Object) {
	trace (obj.id);
}

If you'll catch the events of the Carousel and create different behaviors for clicking the thumbs, you may want to deactivate the option of going to a specific URL address in the images.xml file. To do that, simply delete the url or target attributes in the images.xml file.

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Comments

billboquet

Posted 8 years ago

Hi,
I try to modify the properties of the flash I’ve generated a few days ago.
When I generate a new settings.xml file with your demo and overwrite the old one on my ftp, or when I just modify the settings directly in the settings.xml file, nothing appears…
I’ve got the demo version for the moment. Are the update of the settings.xml file restricted ?
Many thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Send us a link to your website and we will check it out.

flozig

Posted 8 years ago

Is it possible to use this menu as a sub-menu at the same time, I mean, to click in one of the images and get the same thing but as a sub-menu and not in a lightbox but displayed on the whole page? Thanks in advance.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

For that you need to embed the Carousel Menu in different pages with different settings. Please read this tutorial to see how. So, when you will click on an image you will open a new page where the Carousel will be embedded with different settings and images.

Chris

Posted 8 years ago

Wow, you’ve done a beautiful job on this! I am considering a paid version to show featured products on my site www.autobody101.com. I’m still a novice at all of this so I have a couple of simple questions: First, do you have a recommended way of first detecting if Flash is even available at the client’s browser? I saw this page and thought it made sense: http://blog.deconcept.com/flashobject/

Second, I already use jquery on my pages — is there danger of any unanticipated interaction (or failure) between what is provided by your code and my existing jquery calls?

Thanks!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Thank you for showing interest in our products. If your clients won’t have the Adobe Flash Player installed, when they will open your page with the component they will have a message displayed to get the flash player, as it appears on this link. As for your second issue, please download the package with the component's files and there you will find an index.html with the embedding code that you need to use for installing our component and follow the steps provided on the Installation Instructions for General Website.

Laurens

Posted 8 years ago

Hi there, I’m having trouble to get the linking to the other pages working well. I am trying to use it in an Iframe, so that the whole page doesn’t have to be reloaded.
The Iframe has a name called “IFRAMECONTENT”. In the images.xml I have used that name in the target value. Still, nothing happens when you click one of the images in the carousel. Does it support Iframe? I hope it does. If this works well, I am planning to buy a license for my website!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

The component doesn’t directly allow for you to do this, you will need to use a javascript code to call the page in the iframe.
1. You will need to add this javascript code in the <head> </head> of the page:

<script>
function f(sUrl) {
document.getElementById('iframe').src = sUrl;
}
</script>

2. Add the iframe code in the <body> of the HTML page:
<iframe
id="iframe"
width="600"
height="400"
src="http://www.yahoo.com"
frameborder="3"
scrolling="yes" >
</iframe>

3. Edit the images.XML and make sure that each image has this URL and TARGET format.
<photo image="images/01.jpg" url="javascript:f('http://www.google.com')" target="_self"><![CDATA[é à â è ê Download the new<br>3D Carousel]]></photo>

4. Replace the www.google.com with your own pages.

billboquet

Posted 8 years ago

Oups sorry…
Your online carrousel above do it just as I want ;-)
But on the version downloaded, the image is opening in the same browser page (_self) or in a new brother page (_blank) as you explain it in your images.xml file.
And I search the way to open the image like you do in your online carrousel in the demo above… in a layer with this typical Lightbox effect.
Many thanks

FlashXML Support

Hi,

For that you need to implement lightBox for the component. Please read this tutorial to see what you need to do.

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