I am starting to work on a large project using Flash ... and I haven't used Flash since version 4 (so I'm sure this is just the first question of many). These may be "newbie" questions ...
To give you a background, the Flash will be a "build a bracelet" module. A bracelet chain will be selectable and then the user can choose from a variety of beads to drag and drop onto it to see what it looks like together before buying.
The user will choose a bracelet (thus loading a particular image for it) and then have options to select differnt types of beads to view (silver beads, gold beads, alphabet beads, etc). Since only so many can fit on a page (without scrolling too much) I am wondering what the best method of handling them would be (FYI, I am hoping to also learn XML and load these items dynamicall ... but one step at a time).
Option 1: Include all beads in the main SWF file and show/hide the list of beads as the user chooses (click on Silver and the images for Silver appear). I'm not sure if this will make for a huge SWF file to load as each image is a JPG.
Option 2: Have a main SWF file that has the beginning part where they choose one of the types of beads to view (a button to load Silver) which would then trigger a different SWF to load up inside the main one. This would eliminate the need to load them all at once, only the parts that are being used at the time ... however, I'm not sure how an SWF loaded in another will work (ie. can you drag items from the embedded SWF over the main file?).
Option 3: Something better that I don't know about?
Like I said, this is probably a very basic question but I have to start somewhere. If you need any more info to better understand I can try to explain better too. Thanks.