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I am considering using Flash on my websites. My fear is that many of my visitors will be prompted to download the flash plug in and I will lose the visitor right away. So what % web sufers that have Flash plug-ins already?
I am seeing more and more Flash ads and banners on the large (i.e. CNN) websites but their audience may be more business oriented. I have 300 city guides/websites which draw all types of internet users.
I haven't had Flash on my system, and never will unless it starts being bundled with browsers and I don't have a choice. I don't like forced content - I want to browse and read at my own pace. I don't want to watch a splash intro, wait for goofy pictures to load, etc.. just give me the information I'm looking for.
I know I'm in the minority here though. I also know that there are a lot of people who use flash as sort of a "better than animated GIF" way of doing pictures. But since I can't differentiate, I'd rather just keep it off.
To a non-techie, upgrading a plugin is scarcely easier than upgrading their browser itself, and people in corporate environments may not have the permissions to upgrade (whose bosses may view Flash as just for games and videos inappropriate for work in the first place).
I was planning on using Flash as a navigational tool. i.e. US map drilling down to my 300 city websites. Not flashy banners, or ads.
I may now just have it as an option off the home page. I had the same fear that many corporation may n ot allow the plug in or allow updates to the newer version.
It is hard to believe 97% of all desktop have Flash.
What version of IE have what versions of Flash included?
According to Microsoft, IE 6 comes with the Flash 5 plugin. According to Google Zeitgeist, IE 6 is the dominant browser on the Web now by a longshot.