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ok, soooo... I'm sure most everyone that uses this forum has noticed

the option to make your aim screen name available along with a few

other chat clients, well... I'm interested in how I would go about putting

a button on my myspace page so that when people click it it will automatically

bring up a window to send a message, much like whats on this site.

I would simply like one of those on my myspace, and I already have

the button made up, and I tried to use aim:goim?screenname=xiFinkx&message=hi

as the link reference, but that didn't yeild thee results i was going for lol

any help?

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This is the page that I get sent to

anytime I try to click on the link that

I've created, its frustrating... >_<

The page cannot be found
The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

Please try the following:

    * Make sure that the Web site address displayed in the address bar of your browser is spelled and formatted correctly.
    * If you reached this page by clicking a link, contact the Web site administrator to alert them that the link is incorrectly formatted.
    * Click the Back button to try another link.

HTTP Error 404 - File or directory not found.
Internet Information Services (IIS)

Technical Information (for support personnel)

    * Go to Microsoft Product Support Services and perform a title search for the words HTTP and 404.
    * Open IIS Help, which is accessible in IIS Manager (inetmgr), and search for topics titled Web Site Setup, Common Administrative Tasks, and About Custom Error Messages.

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^thats where I have the link at, but I think you have to be my friend or

something to view the page... hope you have a myspace lol actually I

think that I can change my privacy settings to make it viewable by anyone

and I do have the official AIM client installed on my computer lol it works

when I click on it here, but for some reason when I put the link up on my

profile it wasnt working

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Use Tiny URL and then they can click the preview link. I do not think you can do it on MySpace unless you embed the link into a flash file or use a an image redirect on another site.

Try this:

&lt;a href="http://preview.tinyurl.com/2sful3"&gt;Aim Me&lt;/a&gt;

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yeah... after I made my changes I looked at the source

and I got this...


which I'm guessing (which would be a good idea) is that myspace made it so that you could ONLY

link to other pages on the myspace site, this prevents people from using fake myspace sites for phishing

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ok, this actually seems fairly simple... I've been doing some research and

reading tutorials and things like that, I'm more than sure I could accomplish

this however! I do not have the flash program, anybody know a good flash

alternative? for instance openoffice compared to microsoft office, any thoughts

are definitely appreciated

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&lt;embed src="aim.swf" flashvars="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="85" height="85"&gt;&lt;/embed&gt;

Just change the EMBED SRC URL to the url of where ever you upload the file to. If you keep this format MySpace will change it to add the Object code. If you make it anything else, they delete it with a ".." where the code should be.

I was trying to make it call in the url from a text file but the only thing it does is paste it into a text box on the flash form and does not pass it as a variable in the getURL part, so I just plugged it into the getURL manually. Each URL would have to be edited manually for each swf button you want to make(for different screen names), although I think there is a way to make it read a text file and pass the variable to the getURL process; I have not been able to get it to work properly using this method though.

The FLA file is included if you wanted to edit the file to make your own buttons and graphic.

I will keep tyring to get the swf file to read the variables properly from the text file. This way, anyone wanting to use it can just replace your screen name with their own and it will work on their page as well.

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There are things like SoThink alternatives for a cheaper price tag, but still not 100% free. http://www.sothink.com/

I use their decompiler to rip apart flash files to see what the action scripts are doing and what might be hidden in the files, but they also have ones that let you create flash files as well.

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wow, really? theres absolutely no free alternative to flash?

and yeah, I went to adobes website I saw the 30day trial on CS3

but I'm not much of a fan of trials, maybe I can find a keygen for it?

even after getting the program, I still have to learn it... ugh

yeah poor you you might have to LEARN something I hate it when that happens
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Flash is a pain in the ass, but in later versions they have the script assistant to make sure your action scripts comply with their formatting. You will want to use Javascript in your head, but it works in its own way and only accepts commands built in. Instead of an onLoad do this senario, it would be something like "on (release) { do something}".

The rest of the program is fairly simple oncel you get the concepts down, but I still find it a hard progam to use. Pick up a Flash book or just read through the adobe site for tutorials. I found it easier to work from a book that went step by step with each part of the program just doing simple hello world type flash documents. This was sadly when I had flash 3 and 4, but a lot of it still applies to later versions, except for the action scripting syntax keeps evolving. One version might say "Load Variables(xxx)" where another takes out the whitespace and uses "LoadVariables(XXX)" with no space, etc.

Then there is the idea of knock off programs. I have not tried any of these except for Sothinks SWF Decompiler, so I do not know if they are easier or harder to use than the real Flash program, but some people say they are easier to use.

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Does mySpace allow Flash? I thought they blocked it like Bebo because of a Flash Script that could steal passwords.

You learn something new every day.

Depends how you place it. They allow videos, so if you use their method to place them on he page, they shoudl work, and they allow them when hosted on things like youtube, photobucket, etc, so yeah, it can be done. I had Will Ferrell "The Lanlord" on my page for a long time from Funny or Die.com.

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