Countdown FX

Published on Apr. 2nd 2010
49.015 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

Dave

Posted 8 years ago

Support – www.ECCW.com, scroll down slightly on the right side.

Thanks.

Dave

Posted 8 years ago

Support – I think I see the problem with the embed code. I am using the Smart Youtube plugin which is called to the same CSS as your plugin:

#sidebar embed, #sidebar object {
height:250px;
margin:0;
padding:0;
width:300px;
}

If I change the height to 100px, the video is too small but the white space under your plugin is removed. If I leave at 250px, the video in the sidebar looks fine but the white space under your plug is massive.

Is there a way to solve? Using HTML code perhaps?

Thanks.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Could you give me a link to your website?
I’ll check it out.

Dave

Posted 8 years ago

Support – thanks for your response below:

That’s because it does not have a background color (as this is the default value for it). It is most probable that after you edited the settings.xml file, you didn’t edit the embedding code as well, and the browser still embeds it as 200 px, at this line :
swfobject.embedSWF(“countdown.swf”, “CountdownDiv”, “600”, “260”, “9.0.0”, false, flashvars, params, attributes).

I am not really sure where or how to make the edit you suggest. Can you explain a bit more?

Thanks.

FlashXML Support

Hello,

In the line you see there, the 260 attribute should be 200 in your own webpage. Change that value to 100, and revisit your page after emptying your cache.

harlem

Posted 8 years ago

i would like to change the time zones i see the default is “2” but what exactly does this mean?? and what is the numerical equivalent of eastern time, central time and pacific time (USA).

i would also like to add more text on the bottom that indicates what the clock is counting down to. something to this extent “Til the next podcast” . do i jsut add that to the english.xml file?? not sure how to go about this.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

The default time zone value is 2 and it means GMT+2. For US time you’ll have to change that value to -5 because the time zone is GMT-5. The same for any other time zone you want to use.

About that text you want to add on the countdown, it’s not possible from within our component but you can add it as any other text on your page.

Dave

Posted 8 years ago

Support – I did play with the height attribute. It is currently at 140px. When I change to 100px, the clock moves up under your logo and the size of the white space under the clock remains.

Here is the code:
<settings> <Settings> <settingsXML value=“settings.xml”/> </Settings> <General_Properties> <clockType value=“flipClock”/> <width value=“300”/> <height value=“140”/> <spacing value=“7”/> <backGroundColor value=“0”/> <buttonMode value=“true”/> <sound value=“false”/>

<phpFile value=“time.php”/> </General_Properties> <Item_Properties> <itemWidth value=“15”/> <itemHeight value=“42”/> <itemSpacing

value=“2”/> <cornerRadius value=“7”/> <splitSize value=“1.5”/> <borderWidth value=“0”/> <borderColor value=“0xeeeeee”/> <backColor1

value=“0×000000”/> <backColor2 value=“0×777777”/> <glowColor1 value=“0×000000”/> <glowColor2 value=“0×000000”/> </Item_Properties>

<Shadow_Properties> <distance value=“4”/> <angle value=“42”/> <color value=“0”/> <alpha value=“0.25”/> <blurX value=“4”/> <blurY

value=“4”/> <strength value=“0.86”/> <quality value=“1”/> <inner value=“false”/> </Shadow_Properties> <Text_Properties> <fontFace

value=“Arial”/> <fontColor value=“0xFFFFFF”/> <fontSize value=“42”/> <padding value=“12”/> </Text_Properties> <DescText_Properties>

<descFontFace value=“Arial”/> <descFontColor value=“0×000000”/> <descFontSize value=“13”/> <language value=“english.xml”/>

</DescText_Properties> <Countdown_Properties> <targetYear value=“2010”/> <targetMonth value=“8”/> <targetDay value=“28”/> <targetHour

value=“0”/> <targetMinute value=“0”/> <useServerTime value=“false”/> <targetTimeZone value=“9”/> <finishText value=“The waiting is over”/>

</Countdown_Properties> <Countdown_Format> <days value=“true”/> <hours value=“true”/> <minutes value=“true”/> <seconds value=“true”/>

</Countdown_Format>
</settings>

FlashXML Support

Hello,

That’s because it does not have a background color (as this is the default value for it). It is most probable that after you edited the settings.xml file, you didn’t edit the embedding code as well, and the browser still embeds it as 200 px, at this line :
swfobject.embedSWF(“countdown.swf”, “CountdownDiv”, “600”, “260”, “9.0.0”, false, flashvars, params, attributes).

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you will get an answer in 24 hours, tops.

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