Another XML Gallery Question

I wanted to find a way to highlight current thumbnails, and I successfully did this by using the tutorial in the archives found here

My question is, when the thumbnails FIRST load and the first image is loaded, how can I get the first thumbnail to already be highlighted? Here is what I’ve tried and cannot figure out why it isn’t working.

in the firstImage function, I added this:

function firstImage() {

if (loaded == filesize){
    picture._alpha = 0;
    **firstThumb = eval("thumbnail_mc.t"+0);
      firstThumb.filters = [myDropShadowFilter];**
    desc_txt.text = description[0];



The prevImage and nextImage functions both work fine when I add the same code:

function nextImage() {

if (p<(total-1)) {

    if (loaded == filesize) {

        picture._alpha = 0;

** resetThumb();
prevThumb = eval(“thumbnail_mc.t” +p);
prevThumb.filters = [myDropShadowFilter];**
linkBtn.onRelease = function() {
getURL(link[p], “_self”);
desc_txt.text = description[p];




my resetThumb function is the same as the reSet(); from the tutorial I linked to at the top of this post. And the dropShadowFilter are two functions i set to add or delete a drop shadow (which is how im displaying the current thumb).

Does anyone know why my filter isn’t running on firstImage when I load the gallery? Any help is greatly appreciated.