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;



Posted 2 years ago

I’m using Demo2 in flash component and I have problem embedding Gill Sens Light font. How I can achieve that? there is no file with FLA extension to apply the steps above.

FlashXML Support

Hi. You have the free version of the component, and because of that you don’t have fla file.


Posted 2 years ago

unable to display French characters in submenus of XML

FlashXML Support

Hi. Did you read the tutorial above?


Posted 3 years ago

Hello, i used image menu 3D Carousel so that i can see if it fits my needs and buy it.
i cannot put greek letters in it.Can u solve the issue plz?

Thanks in advance

FlashXML Support

Hi. Did you try the above instructions? 3D Carousel Menu AS3 FX or 3D Carousel Menu AS2 FX ??


Posted 3 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?

Tom Neumann

Posted 3 years ago


I want to use the german character set in my “accordion news reader” can you please send me the data via e-mail like you did it with some other users?
I am using embedded fonts and cant change it on my own, because i dont own Flash Professional.

Thank you,

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