Adobe LiveMotion 2 and GoLive
6 have taken some steps to make your life easier. I for one
am very happy with GoLive's Smart Object for LiveMotion. You can
change text, object, color, add scripts, interaction and so much
more. GoLive's Smart Object for LiveMotion makes being lazy so
much easier then before.
Part I - Setting up your LIV file:
Lets get started by making our LiveMotion file. We are going to
make a standard menu bar that will look just like this when it
This will be very simple to setup by making one Movie Clip Button,
and then duplicating it three times. Rename each MCG to btnOne,
btnTwo, btnThree, btnFour. When all of your
buttons have been renamed, double click on the btnOne MCG
in the timeline window, and then select the text object named
Black link txt.
Your Timeline window should look like this.
Now we want to open the Web Palette by clicking on Window ->
Web. When your web palette opens you will see where it says
Replace. The Replace field is used for giving a name to
an object such as text, or other objects that you draw, and then
GoLive will use this name when you add the LiveMotion Smart Object
LIV to a document.
For each button, we want to select the text, and give each one
a new name in the Replace field. Name each one txtOne, txtTwo,
txtThree, txtFour. Here is what your Web Palette will look
like when you add the Replace name for txtOne.
When you have given each Text Object a Replace Name, now we will
give each Rectangle in each MCG a Replace name as well. Simply
select your Rectangle and type in the Replace name of btnOne,
btnTwo, btnThree, btnFour.
Your Replace field should look like the below images for Button
One's selected Rectangle.
So to sum things up for Step one. We have created Four Movie Clip
Groups, and each MCG has a replace name for the text object, and
a replace name for the rectangle object. It should be exactly
- Black link txt = txtOne
- Medium Orange Rectangle = btnOne
- Black link txt = txtTwo
- Medium Orange Rectangle = btnTwo
- Black link txt = txtThree
- Medium Orange Rectangle = btnThree
- Black link txt = txtFour
- Medium Orange Rectangle = btnFour
Part II Making your LIV Smart:
Now that we have our LIV file setup and saved, we are going to make
it work for us in GoLive. To do this, make sure your Objects Palette
is open, and select the Smart Object's button.
Now open a new HTML document, and drag the LiveMotion Smart Object
icon into your new HTML document.
With your Inspector window open, select the LIV Smart Object in
your HTML document, and it should look like this.
In the Source Field, click on the folder icon to open your Browse
for File window. Locate the LIV file you saved, and then click
on OK. When this is done, a new window will open up to show all
of the Replace names you have in your LIV file, and allow you
to make changes to them. Your new window should look like this.
Now you want to Set Text, Set Font, and Set Size
for each Text object. When this is completed, now you want to
Set Link and Set Target for each Rectangle object.
When you have completed, your window should look like this.
Now click on the OK button, set your background color to your new
SWF file, and then click on OK to have LiveMotion export your
LIV to swf.