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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;

Comments

Pavel

Posted 7 years ago

Hello. I`m sorry my English.(I`m from Russia). I bought you “Challenge You” template. Some components do not display Russian characters. how do I solve this problem. in the license that I bought (Personal License (single use)) I have not found a file for editing (flash).
I will be glad for any help. Thank you.

FlashXML Support

You have to edit the settings.xml files of each product and change the value of embedFonts to false.

Santiago

Posted 7 years ago

Hi, I need to use the Blur Menu with extended characters (latin american characters, like accents, and more), but in the Menu.xml I do only have tags. Can you send me the special characters version of this product?? Or tell me how to make it work?
Thank you very much.
Santiago.

FlashXML Support

We send you a modified version.

Santiago

Posted 7 years ago

Hi, I’m trying to use the FlipText FX with Latin extended characters (I need the accents, the “ñ” and the question tag “¿”), and I couldn’t make it work with the method you have shown above. What should I do? I bought an special licence and I’ll probably be needing all these characters in every component. Suggestions??

Thanks for your time and support.
S.

FlashXML Support

As specified above, if you change the value of embedFont to false in your settings.xml file you’ll be able to display any character you want.

Izdin

Posted 7 years ago

Hi, i have the paid license of DockGalleryFX but i cant find the fontembed propertie. I need to use portuguese accents like ç ã õ. Find http://www.publifix.co.mz/edicoes.php, on the first slide it says Edies instead of EDIÇÕES.
Thank you

FlashXML Support

Send an email to support [at] flashxml.net with the proof of your purchase and your request and we’ll send you a modified version that will display the special characters you want.

Sinan

Posted 7 years ago

“image grid fx” I bought. I applied but did not show any special characters that you have shown the method. To me, “Arial” Please send me special characters embedded version?

FlashXML Support

As specified above, you can edit the settings.xml file with a text editor and change the value of embedFont to false to be able to display the special characters you want.

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