Text Menu FX

Published on Oct. 27th 2009
23.765 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 1.0.1.2970 - 14.12.2010 (view changelog)

- unlimited number of text items
- customizable menu width and height (up to 1680x1050)
- possibility to embed multiple fonts
- any menu and text orientation and align
- use any colors and roll over effects
- choose the item expanding direction and scale ratio
- text padding inside item
- item corner radius
- specify URL and target for each item in the XML file
- different tween functions and durations for expanding and color tween effects

Installation instructions for:

Download the text-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="DivTextMenuFX"></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("TextMenuFX.swf", "DivTextMenuFX", "240", "230", "9.0.0", false, flashvars, params);
</script>

Don't forget to replace the 240 and 230 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 Text Menu FX using the Live Demo above and then download the text-menu.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 menu.xml file with a text editor and define in each row the text, the url to go to when clicking the image, the target(_self for the same browser window or _blank for a new browser window). Here's an example:

<item text="home" url="http://www.flashxml.net" target="_blank" />

You can have as many text items as you like. To add a new item add a new row in the XML file.

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 text-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 Text Menu FX from the Settings tab in your WordPress Dashboard and update the path accordingly

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

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

6. Customize your Text 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/text-menu-fx/settings.xml

7. To use your own texts, update the wp-content/flashxml/text-menu-fx/menu.xml file accordingly

 

Additional settings file

To embed the Text Menu FX more than once, you will need another settings file. Let's assume your new file is called settings2.xml. Add [text-menu-fx settings="settings2.xml"][/text-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 fxtextmenu_echo_embed_code() function call (for example <?php fxtextmenu_echo_embed_code("settings2.xml"); ?>).

 

Add as widget

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

 

Change WMODE

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

 

If you have PHP4

To make it work with PHP4, add [text-menu-fx width="400" height="300"][/text-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 fxtextmenu_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/text-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. 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 textmenufx 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 Text 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/textmenufx/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 textmenufx 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 {textmenufx}{/textmenufx} where you want the Flash to show up in your article

5. Customize your Text 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/textmenufx/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: {textmenufx settings=settings2.xml}{/textmenufx} 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: {textmenufx width=400 height=300}{/textmenufx}. 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 {textmenufx} and {/textmenufx}.

 

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

 

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/textmenufx/ folder.

The Text Menu FX component is available for Flash 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 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).

Maybe the most useful information consists in the events the component is dispatching. Instructions on how to catch these events can be found here.

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Comments

Aqeel

Posted 8 years ago

Changing the font to Arial is not reflecting in the menu, even after clearing the cache. How come.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

If you set the font value from settings.xml to Arial, you need also to make sure that the attribute embedFont is set to false.

Aqeel

Posted 8 years ago

Is it possible to use Helvetica typeface for the menu?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Please check out our FAQ on using special characters for FX components. You can change the font only via Adobe CS Flash.

Kelly

Posted 8 years ago

I purchased this text menu fx module and have installed to Joomla. I need to set the general background to transparent, however, no matter what I do the swf params come up with wmode set to ‘window’. I know that changing this to transparent fixes the problem (tested through Firebug) but I have no idea where to change this setting so that it remains permanently. Your advice would be greatly appreciated.

FlashXML Support

Hi,

You can do this in 2 ways. First, go to your Joomla folder, module folder, and mod_textmenufx folder. In it edit the mod_textmenufx.PHP and search for the line containing the wmode parameter, and change wmode: ‘window’ into wmode: ‘transparent’.

Alternatively, you will have to go to your downloaded module installer, textmenufx_module, extract the 2 files and modify this line in the PHP file and search for the line containing the wmode parameter. You can then change it to transparent. Repack the files into an archive and reinstall the module to your site.

Aqeel

Posted 8 years ago

Hi, can I use the component on both my site and on facebook, with a “personal license”?

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Thank you for showing interest in our products. You can use our components on any website that you want and as many times as you want.

Aqeel

Posted 8 years ago

Hey there. Thanks for all the support. Got another Q. I’ve used the same settings, but the tweening speed is noticeable between the two

FlashXML Support

Hi,

Send us your login details to your Wordpress account at: support[at]flashxml.net and we will check it out.

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