So after a ton of work, learning ActionScript and Flash, I'm proud to announce the release of our first "Interactive Feature" (don't blame me for the name -- it's not really interactive, per se). Just go to our homepage and click on the main story image to launch the presentation (after a while, it gets pretty boring, unless you're really into the fast food industry -- so I won't blame ya if you bail
Anyway, what's cool about this is that the whole thing is driven by an XML file. The Flash file loads the XML, which specifies an MP3 file and a series of slides like so:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<slide photo="00.jpg" start_time="0" end_time="1" caption=''
<slide photo="01.jpg" start_time="1" end_time="5" caption=''
<slide photo="02.jpg" start_time="5" end_time="9" caption=""
<slide photo="03.jpg" start_time="9" end_time="14" caption='"Chick-fil-A announced its 37th year of consecutive sales gains."'
Then the Flash file will start the presentation and through an internal timer, fade the slides out at their end_time.
Neat, huh? Well, this non-Perl moment brought to you by Macro... uh, I mean, Adobe.
: That URL will change later, so I'll come back & update this journal entry when it does.