Countdown FX

Published on Apr. 2nd 2010
49.037 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 1.1.1.8602 - 20.08.2012 (view changelog)

- fully customizable flipping countdown
- you can enable/disable the days, hours, minutes and seconds and put them in any order you like
- you can customize the overall width and height and each item's width and height
- shadow properties like distance, angle, color, blur, alpha
- font faces, sizes and colors
- multiple languages support
- item corner radius, spacing, border width, split size

Installation instructions for:

Download the countdown.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="DivCountdownFX"></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("CountdownFX.swf", "DivCountdownFX", "600", "200", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 600 and 200 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 Countdown FX using the Live Demo above and then download the countdown.zip package with the changes you've made or you can edit the settings.xml file with a text editor.

To use your own text, edit the english.xml file with a text editor and define the name for days, hours, minutes and seconds.

To set the countdown time you have to edit the settings.xml file and add your values for the following attributes: targetYear, targetMonth, targetDay, targetHour and targetMinute.

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 countdown-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 Countdown FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

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

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

6. Customize your Countdown 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/countdown-fx/settings.xml

 

Additional settings file

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

 

Add as widget

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

 

Change WMODE

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

 

If you have PHP4

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

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

 

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

 

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/countdownfx/ folder.

The Countdown 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

Norm Stephens

Posted 7 years ago

I have attempted to use the free version of the countdown plugin on a Joomla 1.5 charity site before actually buying it.

The plugin code {countdownfx}{/countdownfx} just produces that text in either an article or custom html module.

If I use the module it works fine but of course I cannot align the countdown within the module and the margin at the bottom is rediculous.

We planned to buy the full version to lose the FlashXML banner, but gald we tested it first to find it doesn’t work as a plugin :(

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Could you please provide a link to the webpage where you implemented the component as a module to see more exactly which is the problem? Also, regarding the issue with the plugin, please give more details about it.

Dee Wilcox

Posted 7 years ago

Thanks for your help with my last request. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to make it work. I am trying instead to use the Flash component to create a Flash movie, which hopefully I can then export as a Shockwave video file and embed in the module I am working on.

My challenge now is that the flash component doesn’t seem to be working. I have watched and re-watched the instructional video. I extracted the component, imported it, added the action script for the settings2.xml file, etc. When I test the movie, all I see is the flashing flashxml logo and the words “Arial” and “Verdana” flashing. Any thoughts on why this might be?

Thanks for your help!

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Could you provide a copy of your project so that we can take a look and see what’s wrong? Also, to change which XML the component loads read this FAQ

Dee Wilcox

Posted 7 years ago

Wow… my last comment formatted horribly. So sorry about that. Here it is again (a little bit easier to read):

The project for which I purchased the paid package requires a countdown on two pages – homepage and an interior page. I’m using the plugin to run the countdowns, with two settings files (settings.xml and settings2.xml).

I tried to place the {countdownfx}{/countdownfx} code within a module that runs the home page, but it’s not showing up. Just the text version of {countdownfx}{/countdownfx} shows. I have no problems using the plugin within an article. Is there a way to use the plugin code within a module, without having to use the countdownfx module itself?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

When you want to add one of our components in a Joomla site, you must know that you add the plugin code inside a Joomla article, and to add the component as a module you need to place it in a correct position inside your template. You however can’t use the plugin code for the component inside a module. That is not how it works – you can only add the plugin to articles.

Dee Wilcox

Posted 7 years ago

Hi,

I love this countdown – it’s easy to use. Second product I’ve purchased from you guys, and I’ve been really pleased. The project for which I purchased the paid package requires a countdown on two pages – homepage and an interior page. I’m using the plugin to run the countdowns, with two settings files (

code
settings.xml@code@ and
code
settings2.xml@code@).

I tried to place the

code
{countdownfx}{/countdownfx}
code
code within a module that runs the home page, but it’s not showing up. Is there a way to use the plugin code within a module, without having to use the countdownfx module itself?

Carl

Posted 7 years ago

hi. i have a question. i tried using the joomla module extension in your free version. i already double check the necessary steps in its installation and instructions but the whole flash countdown doesn’t seem to show up in the page. I am using Joomla Version 1.5.2.2, does it work in that version? i just tested it in a local-site so its not live.. btw, i used chrome and firefox as browsers and both both of them doesn’t show it.. can you help me with this? thanks!

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