Marshall - 6:13 am on Sep 29, 2001 (gmt 0)
Flash is a gimmick which is easily abused. I haven't visited it in a while, but when Pittsburgh Tourist Bureau launched its web site, it was entirely flash with no alternative. I don't visit flash sites on a regular basis for the same reason mostly everyone cited - why wait for the downloads. There are, however, good uses for Flash - www.doubtlessdesigns.net - is one example. It can also be used as an educational tool. I'm sorry I forgot the URL, but there's a map history site that uses flash to show the changes in state borders as the United States grew. It was actually pretty neat, but once you've seen it... I downloaded a 30 day trial last summer, but never got around to trying it. Too busy doing "normal" designs. My bottom line opinion is that it does boil down to "Hey! Look what I can do."