How to use special characters

This is the solution for using different types of characters/languages in our products with embedded fonts. You will need Adobe Flash Professional to follow the instructions below.

If you don't have Adobe Flash Professional and if the component allows it, you can use non-embedded fonts and you don't need these instructions as they should work with any type of character. To use non-embedded fonts you have to change the value of embedFonts attribute to false in your settings.xml file (some products have multiple embedFonts attributes so make sure all of them are set to false).


Step 1:

Edit the images.xml file with a text editor (a regular editor would be Notepad++) and set the format of the XML file to UTF-8. In Notepad++, from the menu, Format -> Encode in UTF-8. Type your text in CDATA tags for each image (in your UTF-8 formatted language) and Save the file.

For the second step, there are two possibilities:
- if you’re using any font other than the one already embedded in the component (like Arial and/or Verdana - depending on each component), go for Step 2A
- if you’re using the already embedded font go for Step 2B

Step 2A:

In the FLA file create an empty text field on the Stage using Text Tool (put it anywhere just make sure it’s outside the viewable area). Click on (select) this newly created text field on the Stage and go to Properties panel (Ctrl+F3) and select a font which you know it contains all the special characters you need. Click Embedding and select (using Ctrl+Click) all the character types you need (note that each selection increases little by little the SWF size).

Step 2B:

Open the Library (Ctrl+L), right clik on an empty space on the Library, select New Font, write Arial or Verdana for Name and Font, check Export for ActionScript, then write Arial or Verdana (the same as before) for the Identifier. Click OK.

Note: for Step 2B you’ll have to know that if you’ll be using rare characters, like Cyrillic, you won’t be able to see them, and you’ll have to go for Step 2A and use other fonts than Arial or Verdana. For Latin characters for example it won’t be a problem.

Step 3 for components having the font customizable through XML:

Edit the settings.xml file, and put the name of your font as the value for fontFace (note that it could differ from one component to another), like this

<fontFace value="your_font" />

Step 3 for components having the font customizable through CSS:

Edit the style.css file and write the name of your font for the font-family (you might want to put it twice, for both head and body), like this:

font-family: your_font;


Klaus Hansen

Posted 7 years ago

Hello, I am using the polaroidgalleryfx. Thanks, it’s a nice tool.
My problem: I will use special characters like ä, ö ü, ß. But I have no idea what I have to do. I have no flash pro.
Can you help me? Second problem: I would like to set the white space around the expanded images to a light grex. Is this possible? Thanks for your answer.
Klaus Hansen

FlashXML Support

We’ll send you a modified version that works with the special characters you want.

About the color of the expanded images, you can’t change it only when the images are expanded. You have to change it for all the images and this can be done through the bgColor1 from the settings.xml file.


Posted 7 years ago

to follow the instructions listed above. Cyrillic and not displayed. oh god oh god .. (
Accordion FX

FlashXML Support

Edit the settings.xml file and change the value of embedFonts to false.


Posted 7 years ago

Good afternoon.
I bought a component “Accordion FX.” Please send version supports Cyrillic (Russian). Sorry, your instructions to add it did not work.

Thanks in advance.

FlashXML Support

As specified in the install instructions above, you can edit the settings.xml file and change the value of embedFonts attribute to false.


Posted 7 years ago

Hello, I would like to use cyrillic letters in the free version of Dock Menu FX, so I can’t modify the FLA files.
Could you send a modified version of the SWF please?

FlashXML Support

We’ll send you a modified version.


Posted 7 years ago


I am trying to display Chinese characters in Image Grid FX but haven’t been able to do so. We found only one settings.xml file. There is no embedFont in it. So we added a line with embedFont set to false. But it still can’t show Chinese characters.

Thanks for support.


FlashXML Support

As specified above, only if the component allows it, meaning that it has that attribute, then you can use the embedFont attribute. Otherwise you’ll have to use Adobe Flash Professional to embed the Chinese fonts you want.

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