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Animated Buttons (apMenu & apMenu2)

Apycom Java Applets

These award-winning buttons let you generate appealing menus with impressive mouseover and color-fade effects. You can choose between 12 killer fade animations, configure colors, fonts, sounds, background to achieve an infinite variety of different menu appearances and behaviours. Animated Buttons Two have additionally a nice reverse fade-in effect. The buttons are fast, small, and very easy-to-use. Java source code is available.

Animated Buttons Examples/Templates

  1. Gray bar - shows image background, horizontal direction
  2. Simple fade - simple fade topbar
  3. Wave fade - vertical menu with left-side alignment, menu items load from txt file
  4. Javascript call example - illustrates ability to call javascripts
  5. Sound bar - sidebar example with mouseover and click sounds
  6. Red bar - horizontal menu with fade type 12
  7. Gradient green - shows tiled image background, vertical direction
  8. Fast fade - shows tiled image background, small fade delay
  9. Sea sunset - nice blue-red fade menu with tiled background
  10. Frame example - shows using menu with frames

Animated Buttons Two examples

  1. Border bar - horizontal menu with border
  2. Wave fade - vertical menu with left-side alignment, menu items load from txt file
  3. Cylinder - vertical menu with image background
  4. Old TV - illustrates ability to call javascripts, word wrapping
  5. Simple fade - menu bar with simple fade

Main features

  • 12 fabulous fade types
  • Horizontal and vertical directions
  • User-definable font style, font size and font face
  • Tiled image background
  • Word-wrapping
  • User-definable fade smoothness and speed
  • Ability to call javascripts - see javascript call example and javascript tips
  • Color parameters for normal and mouseover state of text and background
  • Ability to use system colors of OS for color parameters
  • Support for target frames - see frame example
  • Text alignment
  • Menu structure can be loaded from an external txt file
  • User-definable delimiter for "menuItems" param
  • Mouseover and click sounds
  • Inactive/disabled items
  • User defined browser's status string
  • User defined loading message

How to Setup

  • Place the .class file in the directory containing the HTML page into which you want to insert the menu. You can place the class into a different directory and correct the path in the CODEBASE= parameter, for example:

    <applet Code=apMenu.class Codebase="different/directory/" Width=480 Height=31>
    <applet Code=apMenu.class Codebase="http://yoursite.com/" Width=480 Height=31>

    If you see a "class not found" message, this means what your browser can't find the .class file specified. This may mean a spelling or Case seNSitiVe mistake in the CODE= parameter, a wrong location in the CODEBASE, or that you've forgotten to copy the .class file to the necessary directory.
  • Cut and paste the applet tag used in the example (under "HTML source" title) to your HTML page in a position you want the menu to appear.
  • Modify menu parameters to fit your web site style and needs.  The common syntax for menu parameters is:

    <param name="ParameterName" value="ParameterValue"> 

    For more info about parameters see menu parameters.
  • Some examples use external resources for menu (images - gif and jpg files; sounds - au files; txt files with menu items), so it's necessary to copy these files to appropriate directories according paths used in the menu parameters.
  • To enable Javascript support see javascript tips and javascript call example.


This trial version of Apycom Java Menus and Buttons may be used for evaluation purposes only for a period of 30 days. Evaluation use includes the review and or customization of the software on one local computer. This software may not be placed on the internet or a local intranet site for viewing and or use by multiple persons.
The purchased version includes a license to place the software on publicly accessible web pages and does not display the trial version reminder. Also you can purchase the Java source code of the software. For more information see order page.

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