To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Brian » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 07:08:32


Hi,
Would like your opinion concerning using Flash in a FrontPage 2003 Website.
I was inititaly turned off to it as like most of us we got hit with a big
full screen "Intro" pages on some websites. But I understand it can be used
to design smaller animated graphics.

Is this a substitute for Java or J++ Applets? Anyone have any strong likes
or dislikes to Flash especially when using Front Page. I was wondering if it
is just geared to Dreamweaver Users?
If I Flash in a public website will I get arrested :)
Brian
 
 
 

To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by JIMC » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 07:15:45


I think Flash is like any other tool for Web design; if it is used
appropriately, it can enhance your Web site. What does "used appropriately"
mean? To me, it means the following:

1. Don't develop the entire site in Flash.
2. Don't have a Flash intro page.
3. Don't have large Flash graphics.
4. Don't have moving animations all over your page.

There are likely many others. I supposed what I'm saying is that if you are
subtle, Flash is a great and powerful tool for enhancing a Web site.

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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Kevin Spen » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 07:17:28

Flash is a tool. It provides a set of functionality. If that functionality
will improve your web site, use it. Otherwise, not.

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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Thomas A. » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 07:17:29

Really has nothing to do with using FP. However user has the ability to block Flash, especially
users of Windows XP SP2.

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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Murra » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 07:29:34

And, 5. Don't make your only navigation elements from Flash (I'd prefer
that you not make any from Flash).

There's a whole different side to Flash that hasn't even been mentioned
here, and that's Flash remoting and Rich Internet Apps. It makes a GREAT
STUPENDOUS front end into a database. If you have not seen this you really
should go look at the tutorials on the Macromedia site - very nice....



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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by JIMC » Sun, 30 Jan 2005 08:16:32


Oh yes! The latest Flash version has support for powerful databinding (XML
as well as databases) and also support for XML Web Services.

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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Murra » Mon, 31 Jan 2005 00:09:54

IN case you would like to see these applications in action, here's a link to
Pet Mart (a fictional store) that is done with Flash remoting -

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

In addition, here is a link to an excellent tutorial on how to develop an
application with Flash remoting - in this case for a fictional car company,
Trio motors -

http://www.yqcomputer.com/

Finally, here is a link to a host of tutorials and files that can help you
understand more about this cool stuff -

http://www.yqcomputer.com/


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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Bob Lehman » Mon, 31 Jan 2005 03:13:06

Or Firefox. On any OS.

Bob Lehmann



block Flash, especially


Website. I was inititaly turned
pages on some websites. But
likes or dislikes to Flash
to Dreamweaver Users?
 
 
 

To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by JIMC » Mon, 31 Jan 2005 04:40:29


Users have the ability to block cookies, images, and almost any other
content as well. The question is, do they? When it comes to Flash, most
users don't.

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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by Thomas A. » Mon, 31 Jan 2005 05:18:40

Flash is implemented in IE via ActiveX, and doesn't SP2 block that by default? I have customized my
settings, so I do remember.

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To Flash or Not to Flash - That is the Question!

Post by JIMC » Mon, 31 Jan 2005 06:27:53


Nope. It will prompt you to download the control if you don't already have
it, but that's no change from before SP2. It just does it in a different
manner.

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