javascript/ajax SWF preloader

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by Melrose, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    I have searched high and low trying to find a javascript preloader for SWF files - I've seen it done with Shadowbox in a popup layer, but is there any way to have it done on the page itself when they visitor loads it for the first time?

    I've been all over Google the better part of this morning trying various methods but can't seem to find it..

    Any help is greatly appreicated! Thanks :)
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I don't think Shadowbox is preloading anything, at least from the way it shows a loading message before it shows the item.

    Image preloading with JavaScript is done by creating a new image tag and assigning the src attribute. The same technique might work for swf files. I've never tried.
  3. macsrules macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008
    I was wandering how sites made those pop-up windows do that, here is what I found.

    1. Shadowbox.js - Does not appear to have the little pre-load image like you want.

    2. Lightbox JS - - Sample Images have a preloader bar not sure movies.

    3. Lightwindow v2.0 - - Sample Movies had a preloader.

    I will keep looking and see if I can find something to answer your question about the pre-load on the html pages.
  4. macsrules macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2008

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  5. Melrose thread starter Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    the Lightbox I've used before - it really is a great tool for portfolios and galleries, but it doesn't provide a preloader for the items on the page, you have activate the popup first to get to the preloading content.

    I've seen it done with images (preloader shown on the static page while the content loads) but was wondering if it can be done with an SWF file. It would make sense it could, since I've seen preloaders for AJAX-imported text content.

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