Calendar FX

Published on Nov. 4th 2010
48.455 downloads
You need to have Adobe Flash Player installed in order to view the component. You can download it from here: http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

Features

Version 1.0.7.7543 - 26.10.2011 (view changelog)

- customizable widths and heights for the whole application
- the text is HTML/CSS formatted
- many background and shade properties
- customizable features for cells/current day/day with event
- ability to change skin for info box (event day)
- many other features on the Live Demo

Installation instructions for:

Download the calendar.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="DivCalendarFX"></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 = "window";
 params.allowFullScreen = "true";
 params.allowScriptAccess = "always";
 swfobject.embedSWF("CalendarFX.swf", "DivCalendarFX", "598", "400", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 598 and 400 from the swfobject.embedSWF() function above with your own width and height that you specified in the settings.xml file through componentWidth and componentHeight 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 Calendar FX using the Live Demo above and then download the calendar.zip package with the changes you've made or you can edit the settings.xml file with a text editor.

To add your own events, edit the Events.xml file with a text editor and add your own dates and text.

Here's an example:

<date day="4" month="7" year="2010">
        <event>
            <title><![CDATA[<head>Fireworks</head>]]></title>
            <when><![CDATA[<body>5 PM</body>]]></when>
            <where><![CDATA[<head>Joe's house</head>]]></where>
            <description><![CDATA[<head>WOW!!!</head><body>It's gonna be awesome.<br/> You will notice that this infobox window scrolls to fit as much content as you want to put into it. <br/> The scroll bar on the right will only appear if there is more content in the <description> tag, inside the Events.xml file, than the visible area can hold.</body>]]></description>
        </event>
</date>

You can change the name of the days and months and the starting day of the week or the date format from the config.xml file from assets folder.

Please visit our FAQ page for answers to common questions.

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 calendar-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 Calendar FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

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

5. If you want to make the Calendar FX part of your theme, edit the template files and add <?php fxcalendar_echo_embed_code(); ?> where you want it to show up

6. Customize your Calendar 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/calendar-fx/settings.xml

7. To add your own events edit the wp-content/flashxml/calendar-fx/Events.xml file accordingly

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Calendar FX more than once, you will need another settings file. Let's assume your new file is called settings2.xml. Add [calendar-fx settings="settings2.xml"][/calendar-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 fxcalendar_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxcalendar_echo_embed_code("settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Add as widget

To add the Calendar FX as a widget, go to Widgets from the Appearance tab in your WordPress Dashboard, then drag and drop the Calendar 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 [calendar-fx] and [/calendar-fx]. If you made the Flash part of your theme, add the text as the second argument of the fxcalendar_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxcalendar_echo_embed_code("", "Alternative content"); ?>).

 

Change WMODE

By default, the WMODE value is transparent but you can change it to window from the Calendar 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: [calendar-fx wmode="window"][/calendar-fx]. If you're using the PHP function, here's an example on: <?php fxcalendar_echo_embed_code("", "", 0, 0, "window"); ?>.

 

If you have PHP4

To make it work with PHP4, add [calendar-fx width="400" height="300"][/calendar-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 fxcalendar_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/calendar-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 calendarfx 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 Calendar 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/calendarfx/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 calendarfx 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 {calendarfx}{/calendarfx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article

5. Customize your Calendar 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/calendarfx/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: {calendarfx settings=settings2.xml}{/calendarfx} 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: {calendarfx width=400 height=300}{/calendarfx}. 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 {calendarfx} and {/calendarfx}.

 

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: {calendarfx wmode=window}{/calendarfx}.

 

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/calendarfx/ folder.

The Calendar FX component is available for Flash CS4, CS5, CS5.5 and requires Flash Player 10 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 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).

For now, this component does not dispatch events, but stay tuned for an update.

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Comments

swhiteman

Posted 8 years ago

Dudes, awesome component! Has anybody tried to build a gateway from ical (ics) files to your events.xml? I have a number of calendars served up live w/ical format (from Exchange server and other sites) and I would love to be able to pull them in transparently. I’m sure I could at least begin to build an offline format converter in PHP or PowerShell or something, but if there were any framework to start from that would be great. Of course my goal is to have a live proxy that can convert from one to the other… I know, it seems like a backward step given the clumsy structure of ical, but I figure first I could massage the colon-delimited ical into JSON-like structure, and then from there walk through the JSON and write out the XML... any pointers?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Sorry but we have little knowledge about this. You can download the free version and test it as long as you want.

Patrick

Posted 8 years ago

I’ve been working to integrate the Calendar widget into a site (Professional Subscription, not free version) and I have a question about the file assets.xml.

In the web server logs it the SWF appears to attempt a download of the file “assets.xml”. This file is not present in the download package for the widget.

What is the purpose of this file and why is the widget attempting to download this file?

If this file is not required is there a way to disable the attempted fetch of the file? I would like to avoid the delay and server load of queries for a file that is neither present on the server, nor used.

If this file has a purpose, is there any documentation about it’s use?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Sorry for the inconvenience , that file not being loaded will not cause any problems to the Flash Component. In a future update this will be removed.

Russell

Posted 8 years ago

Good afternoon. I am building a Wordpress website for a client, and came across your WP plugin for Calendar-FX. It looks clean and attractive. However, I could not find see any easy method for adding, editing, or deleting calendar entries. My clients are paying me to make them a site that is easy for non-programmers to use.

Am I correct in assuming that Calendar-FX is probably most appropriate for people who love to continually re-program their site’s code? I am hoping there is a GUI that non-technical people can use to simplify adding, editing, or deleting calendar entries.

Thanks,
Russell Collier

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You have to add/edit these entries in the Events.xml file.

Nathanwk

Posted 8 years ago

I just purchased the Calendar and watched the video.

In CS5, how can I have CalendarFX.swf which is actionscript 3.0 play in my actionscript 2.0 file.
Currently, I’m trying:

on (release) { _root.contents.loadMovie(“CalendarFX.swf”);
}

Is there anyway I can embed the Calendar in my 2.0 file?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

As specified on the product’s page, this is an AS3 component and there’s no way you can use it in AS2 projects.

spyros

Posted 8 years ago

i have installed the calendar and it works fine. When i try to add an event in greek characters it does not display the text. the document (events.xml) is in utf8. do i need to change anything?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please go to this link and follow the tutorial.

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