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Popup a PDF file from Flash

Display Adobe PDF file in a new window by clicking a link in a Flash movie.

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  1. Launch Flash Designer and choose “Blank”.
  2. Copy and paste this icon into Flash Designer document. (Right click on the image and choose “Copy”, in Flash Designer choose “Edit” > “Paste”)pdf
  3. Choose “Action” > “”OnClick”, check “Get URL” and type the link to your PDF file. The link must be absolute (begin with http://) The PDF file must be available online. Select “_blank” as the target.on click
  4. Click OK and hit F9 to test the movie. Click the link to open the PDF in a new window. Hit “Alt+F4” to close preview.

Download source projects (2 kb)

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Version with a sprite

Play a sprite when the user moves the mouse over the icon.

with sprite

  1. Choose “Rectangle” tool and draw a small rectangle over the icon (the rectangle should be smaller than the icon so we can hide it beneath)
  2. Choose “Item” > “Sprite Animation” to create a loop
  3. Select “Zoom Out & Fade” and speed medium.define as sprite
  4. Choose “Item” > “Placement Properties”, rename the item to “Rectangle3” and check “ActionScript Target”.placement properties
  5. Put the rectangle behind with “Edit” > “Send to Back” command.
  6. Hit F9 to test the movie.

Now it’s time to add some scripts

  1. Choose “Frame” > “ActionScript” and type:Rectangle3.stop();it will make the sprite not playing initially
  2. Select the icon image (PDF icon) and choose “Action” > “On Over”. Select “ActionScript” and;it will start the sprite after the mouse enters the icon
  3. Select the icon image (PDF icon) and choose “Action” > “On Out”. Select “ActionScript” and type:Rectangle3.gotoAndStop(1);it will rewind the sprite after the mouse is out of the icon
  4. Hit F9 to test the movie.

Download source project (5 kb)

get flash