Dock Menu FX

Published on Oct. 23rd 2009
30.286 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 1.0.1.8433 - 02.04.2012 (view changelog)

- both horizontal and vertical alignment
- customizable min and max images width and height
- three expanding directions
- images spacing
- optional auto scrolling
- resizable to the extent of 1680 x 1050 pixels
- multiple scrolling properties and speed
- various roll over behaviors
- HTML formatted tooltip

Installation instructions for:

Download the dock-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="DivDockMenuFX"></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("DockMenuFX.swf", "DivDockMenuFX", "580", "200", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 580 and 200 from the swfobject.embedSWF() function above with your own width and height that you specified in the settings.xml file through dockWidth and dockHeight 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 Dock Menu 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.direction = "horizontal";
flashvars.dockWidth = "580";
flashvars.dockHeight = "200";
flashvars.spacing = "5";

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

For a transparent background set in 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.

You 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 dock-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 Dock Menu FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

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

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

6. Customize your Dock Menu 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/dock-menu-fx/settings.xml

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

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Dock Menu 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 [dock-menu-fx settings="settings2.xml"][/dock-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 fxdockmenu_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxdockmenu_echo_embed_code("settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Add as widget

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

 

Change WMODE

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

 

If you have PHP4

To make it work with PHP4, add [dock-menu-fx width="400" height="300"][/dock-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 fxdockmenu_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/dock-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.

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 dockmenufx 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 Dock Menu 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/dockmenufx/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 dockmenufx 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 {dockmenufx}{/dockmenufx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article

5. Customize your Dock Menu 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/dockmenufx/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: {dockmenufx settings=settings2.xml}{/dockmenufx} 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: {dockmenufx width=400 height=300}{/dockmenufx}. 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 {dockmenufx} and {/dockmenufx}.

 

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

 

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/dockmenufx/ folder.

The Dock Menu 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. DockMenu) 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 Dock Menu is dispatching and instructions how to catch these events.

When the user clicks on an image the Dock Menu dispatches:
- thumbReleased (when the mouse was released)
Along with these events, the id of the thumb released is being dispatched.
Other events:
- rollOverThumb
- rollOutThumb
- thumbLoaded
(all these three come too with the id of the thumb being rolled over / rolled out / loaded)
- allThumbsLoaded
- rollOverDock
- rollOutDock

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();
DockMenu.addEventListener("thumbReleased", event1);
event1.thumbReleased = function (obj:Object) {
	trace (obj.id);
}

in AS3

addEventListener("thumbReleased", thumbReleased,true);
function thumbReleased(event:Event):void
{
	trace("thumbReleased " + DockMenu.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

Matthew

Posted 5 months ago

Hello,

I can’t stretch this gallery wider thank about 580 px. WHY?

Claudio

Posted 7 months ago

Hi,

I’m getting this error when I publish in CS6 / AS3:

TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference. at DockMenuAS3/checkReflection() at DockMenuAS3/set useReflection() at prueba2_Escena1_fla::MainTimeline/__setProp_dockmenu1_Escena1_Capa1_0() at prueba2_Escena1_fla::MainTimeline()
Error #2044: Unhandled ioError:. text=Error #2032: Stream Error. URL: file:///F|/Projects/Templates/Buyed/ at common::XMLLoaderUtil/load() at DockMenuAS3/xmlLoadSettings() at flash.events::EventDispatcher/dispatchEventFunction() at flash.events::EventDispatcher/dispatchEvent() at common::XMLLoaderUtil/onXMLLoaded() at flash.events::EventDispatcher/dispatchEventFunction() at flash.events::EventDispatcher/dispatchEvent() at flash.net::URLLoader/onComplete()
TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference. at DockMenuAS3/init() at DockMenuAS3() at flash.display::Sprite/constructChildren() at flash.display::Sprite() at flash.display::MovieClip() at navigation_fla::MainTimeline()
TypeError: Error #1009: Cannot access a property or method of a null object reference. at navigation_fla::MainTimeline/__setProp_men_Scene1_Layer1_0() at navigation_fla::MainTimeline()

Thanks….

Andrey

Posted one year ago

Dear friends! I have bought from you this component recently. I had a problem with Russian language but you sent me a file to correct problem. In mozilla firefox it is perfect, but in google chrome and in IE – problem is still present. When mouse upon image tips without russian symbols, you could read only english. Please help me solve this problem.
My site is www.besplodye.ru

FlashXML Support

Hi. I test your page in IE10 and Chrome and it’s okay. Please clear your browser’s cache.

Watermark

Posted one year ago

I am already a paid personal license holder, why does the watermark still exist even when i am already login into the site?

Username: ITSS.Singapore@nike.com

FlashXML Support

HI. Please read this FAQ page

Andrey

Posted one year ago

Dear friend! I like your menu but have a problem with cirillic code. After changing english to russian language in tooltips it doesn’t appear at all. You can see here:http://besplodye.ru/. Could you help me with coding? Thank you!

FlashXML Support

HI. Yes. I sent you an email.

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