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The long awaited white paper
Flash usability guidelines

 3:20 am on Apr 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

Flash usability white paper.
Here [flazoom.com]

We could probably all learn something.



 5:35 am on Apr 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

Thanks, BH. What a joy to see the Flash community adress usability.

I particularly liked this section on the back button and bookmarking [flazoom.com]:

Create single-page content divisions
The best way to support the browser level navigation tools (the forward and back buttons) is to separate Macromedia Flash movies into logical sections and place them on individual HTML pages. When you deliver content in this manner, users are also able to bookmark specific Macromedia content using their browser bookmark feature.

And this site practices what it preaches. Extremely fast, intuitive, highly usable -- and light on the animation.

jeremy goodrich

 3:07 pm on Apr 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

Wow. Usable, and navigable.

All I'm wondering now is what is it about this page that couldn't be done another way? At this level of minimilization, couldn't the animations be carried out another way, animated gif's, etc.?

Just curious. Amazingly clear site, though. Some serious thought went into this one. Thanks for the link.



 4:29 pm on Apr 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

Good point of view Jeremy.

The animation at the top weighs in at 4.2K....you might be hard pressed to create an anim gif at that size around that weight. Besides it would take all of 5 mins to create that in Flash.

What you don't see very much of yet is the interaction between Flash and scripts in forms. This would be a great area to explore.


 6:28 pm on Apr 5, 2001 (gmt 0)

Great link! The biggest favor anyone could do for Flash development on the web is to make this site required reading, methinks.

I added a subtitle to the thread, so Flash users could find the content more easily...


 5:48 pm on May 1, 2001 (gmt 0)

Here's Macromedia's "official" Flash usability info...



 3:19 am on May 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

After reading the usability documentation, I broke down an purchased Flash 5.

Yet ANOTHER piece of software I will need to update every year.

Wouldn't be nice if you could do everything in MacDraw?


 7:19 pm on May 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

do everything in MacDraw

I dunno... I've got an old copy of KidPix though! ;)


 12:59 am on May 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

uuuuuhhhh I just checked out the link at the top, and the sponsor ad under the search box, greeted me by name, and I don't think I've ever visited that site before....SPOOKY:) What's up with that?


 1:03 am on May 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

You ever order anything from Amazon.com? It a new thing of theirs... some kind of donation system for the 'host site.' You click on it, and get sent to a page where you can donate money to whatever site the "ad" appeared on. It's run from Amazon's servers, and it can reference Amazon's cookies and whatnot on your HD...


 1:48 am on May 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

Yup, must be Amazon is the connection. Been a long time, but used to order from them all the time. Thanks!


 4:05 am on May 4, 2001 (gmt 0)

<I dunno... I've got an old copy of KidPix though!
KidPix . . . oh mamma! another software program I need to purchase! When will it end?

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