This tutorial will lead you through creating a simple, self-contained bar preloader. The method demonstrated is easy and clean, requiring only one frame, one symbol, and a few lines of ActionScript.
Note: this tutorial does assume some basic knowledge about Flash.
Part One includes creating the bar, using ActionScript to bring it to life, creating a play button, and testing the preloader. The next part will cover adding text displays, such as percent outputs, speed monitors, and kbs left displays. I hope to eventually get to writing a preloader game tutorial, but there's a lot of ground to cover prior to that.
This is my first Flash tutorial, and I did my best to make it as complete and smooth as possible. However, if I missed, forgot, or completely obfuscated something, please tell me either through PM or in reviews. I will do my best to correct any mistakes and upload fixed versions.