> Thanks for this Alex. I understand exactly what you're saying.
> In fact I have decided to do exactly what you said, and place the
> clips on the stage but outside the viewable area. If a clip performed
> an initial run, it wouldn't matter (it would be invisible). Your
> suggestion of a stop in frame 1 will prevent this though.
> However, that's not the reason I'm doing it this way. I have decided
> to randomly select one of 3 compatible clips (lightning strikes) to
> play when one of the 6 appropriate buttons is pressed. The intention
> is to move the selected clip into place above the pressed button using
> the _x and _y properties and then use your gotoandplay to run the
> This means I will be able to service all 6 buttons with only 3 movie
> I have tried this on my local PC and it works a charm.
> If you want to check on my progess on the net, look at
> [url]www.theordinarys.com/html/home.html[/url]. This is still showing fixed clips
> at the moment, and has only 3 buttons but it'll show you what I'm
> trying to achieve. Turn on the sound too!
> One other question; as these are navigation buttons, I'll want to use
> getURL to load the next page when they're pressed, but not until the
> MC has finished playing. How can I hold off the next step until the MC
> has completed?
> Thanks for your great advice.