Graphics: Flash Question

started by Jeromedelamerced on Feb 22, 2004 — RSS Feed

Jeromedelamerced Jeromedelamerced
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Hello! Just want to know when is necassary to use flash on website? It is advantage to use in b&b, hotels,apartelle website? Which is nice macromedia flash? or swiss? thank you

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
Posts: 528

The purpose of any Web page design is to deliver information and to do so in the most efficient way possible. You must first ask yourself, what is the information you have to deliver and how can you best do it.

If I'm looking for a hotel or apartment, I will be given many options at many prices. Almost all such sites are database driven with extensive search facilities. They have to be easily updated very quickly.

I will have a lot of information to look at and I will want to scan it quickly so as not to waste my time.

This does not sound like a job for Flash. Flash is for animation and I don't see what animation would achieve other than to slow-down the search for information.

I think a Quicktime VR walkthrough might be more appropriate if you are trying to sell expensive luxury accomodation. You can use Flash to deliver panoramic views inside a suite, but not until someone has found the geographical area, style and price first.

Baxter Baxter
Posts: 157

Flash COULD be used well on such a site, and it CAN be linked to a database and filled with content from it. There's been a lot done linking Flash with XML, too.

But  you really do need to ask yourself "what am I trying to acheive" and "what is the best way to get there".

Unless you have a really good reason to use Flash, don't.

Jdenny Jdenny
Posts: 65

Baxter said:
Unless you have a really good reason to use Flash, don't.


My sentiments exactly!

Jeromedelamerced Jeromedelamerced
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Thanks for all your reply..anyway i would like to focus on bed and breakfast inns,small hotels, apartelle that need online reservation. About the flash as all of you said it depends on web design that i can make..I already search some tips by web designing b&b,apartelle...and they recommend to focus on pictures, room, facilities...Which is better a simple pics? or a flash pics? Thank you!  

Baxter Baxter
Posts: 157

Again, it all depends on what exactly you're trying to do.
Flash pluses:
CAN reduce bandwidth, sometimes
can create a virtual tour
can make a spiffy slideshow
can make it very visually appealing

Flash minuses (a few of 'em anyway)
usually larger bandwidth
requires the plug-in
more difficult to work with and update than static images
less accessible
harder to drive with a database
not particularly printer-friendly

If what you want to do needs to be done in Flash, then use it. If not, then don't.

In all honesty, if you're asking the question at all, then I would suspect you have a limited understanding of Flash and what it can and can't do, so I would say definitely DON'T use it. Not trying to be rude, but Flash is, in my experience, usually more trouble than it's worth, especially where content is critical.

Ona Ona
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Впринципе использование Flash разумно лишь для страниц, отображающих mp3 формат для устранения отвлекающих элементов и улучшения качества просмотра

Ona Ona
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I'm sorry your server doesn't read my format.  
if you want to read the previous message you should kompel it in any reduct form you have.

Joe Gillespie Joe Gillespie
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ona said:
I'm sorry your server doesn't read my format.


This one worked!

Ona Ona
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Do you think so or do you know it ?

Nobody Empty Nobody Empty
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I specialize in Macromedia Flash.

In my option 100% Macromedia Flash based web sites (I am limiting this commentary to websites) should be limited only to web sites whos primary goal is to envoke emotion in visitors as opposed to provide information.

For example:
1) Eye-candy web sites: http://www.turtleshell.com/
2) Portfolio websites
3) Mickey Mouse club type sites for events or programs.

Macromedia Flash INTROs for web sites that have the goal of distributing information are hell spawn and should be avoided entirely. These abombinations inhibit the user from accessing the information they want and are counter-productive to the web sites goals.

Macromedia Flash "pieces": web banners, or logo animations however, can be used pretty often with out being over-done and sucky.

There are way too many "flash designers" out there that make good flash designers look bad.

Aidrice Aidrice
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Archangel689 -- thank you for an excellent synopsis of flash do's and don'ts. I am a new web designer & such info is invaluable. So far I have avoided flash altogether until I have the time to learn how to use it properly. Right now my time is better spent in learning better layout & coding skills. Too bad so many newbies run around saying "I just bought Flash and I want to make a website how do I do it?", rather than learning basic skills first.

jeromedelamerced -- Remeber that not everyone in the world has broadband, and so a site that loads quickly & presents vital information immediately will be much more useful than a site that takes a long time to load. Use 56k as your standard & keep the load time for your home page under 10 seconds, preferably faster.

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