(I opted to post this in it's own thread for the sake of the title.)
you asked for it, you got it. You want to learn no scripting in life.. now you can get by without it. (just kidding. )
1)Open this zip (www.mycgiserver.com/~upuaut/preloadclip.zip) and take out the flash movie inside.
2)Open the flash movie and save it to your hard drive somewhere.
3)Inside there is a movie clip called preloaderclip. Take this clip and place it in the first frame of any animation.
It's as simple as that.. no a/s changes are required..
4)It has two functions. The first is that it stops the main time line. It detects the number of bytes of info which make up what ever movie it's in. It displays both the total bytes of the movie, but also the number of bytes loaded, and finaly, when it sees that everything is loaded, it starts the main time line again.
Have fun with it. it's open source, so play around.. change the interface, ect.
Warning.. I've been having some troubles moving it into files on the Mac. I can reproduce it on the Mac, but for some reason it doesn't want to just drag and drop in from the library. Also, this clip only works in Flash5.0.... so there you have the warning. Hope it works for you.. if you need more explination let me know.
To see it working, click here..www.mycgiserver.com/~upuaut/preloadertest.swf
... but be warned the swf which is loading is huge in order for me to see if the preloader was working.. it's just a bunch of filler picks from my colorado trip.. so it's really not worth waiting for.. this is just to check out the byte's loading function.