Dynamic Flash-based portfolio

We're going to show you how to make a dynamic Flash-based portfolio that's a doddle to update and loads swiftly. It uses ActionScript and XML data to build a portfolio on the fly (dynamically) and show a progress bar while external Flash files or images are loaded into each page.

This approach is good for several reasons. The main portfolio Flash file will be very small (our example is 20Kb) so will load into web browsers quickly, giving visitors something to look at while your work is loading. The work inside the portfolio will only be loaded when required (when someone clicks on a button) so helps keep the overall file size and load time to a minimum. The most useful feature is that once you've designed and created your layout it will be quick and easy to add new pieces of work and you won't need to edit the main Flash file each time.

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