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I think people need to remember that flash is a vector program. It is like freehand and illustrator. Pictures are raster not vector. Why are people using so many pictures in these files? A few small pictures are fine, but loading them down with pictures makes these movies huge. If you want a picture to float around then use dhtml.
Most of the content in a flash file should be vector art. I try to make all of my flash navigation below 10K. Vector based symbols will make a movie quite small. I hear so many people trashing flash. If it is implemented well then it can add to the usability and the design.
Text buttons are another problem. Designers need to put a square or oval behind the text in the button symbol. I hate having to put my cursor exactly on letters. A simple shape behind the text on the button will cure this problem.
Please keep your movies small.
How long some designers try to force people to watch their self gratifying mumbojumbo intros is another. I hope more designers to be more sensitive about the way they are offering content.
I really dont need to stand a minute of psychedelic nonsense before I can get some company's phone number. Please show the menu and let users decide what they want to have.
<yawn>Yes people don't like waiting, yes its not SEO friendly, yes no one likes long intros.</yawn>
Flash is a tool which can be used well or used poorly. Dont blame Flash, blame the designer.
Please lets change the record and talk about something that has'nt been discussed a million times.
I dont recall a single time Flash beeing bashed by WebmasterWorld. WebmasterWorld MEMBERS just happend to need to talk about it for another round.
>>Dont blame Flash, blame the designer.
Read this whole thread again and please find me one single place where Flash was blamed.
>>Please lets change the record and talk about something that has'nt been discussed a million times.
There is plenty of topics that need to be discussed on a regular basis in some webmaster board. Like "How to get in Google", "Do I need to pay Yahoo?", "Why was I dropped?", "How to make a pop up?" or "Will Google penalise me if I pick my nose in front of the screen?".
You see, that is how a public board works. Some new members come in with different background or luggage and ask question or post comments every day. Some older members learn every day from different forums on topics they wouldn't even imagined before.
So, next time your are not interested about some topic, why don't you just ignore it? Let people talk to each other, that is the essence of any board.
*sigh* yes I do realise that WMW does'nt have a policy on the subject I thought you would realise that I was actually talking about members.
>>find me one single place where Flash was blamed.
I never accused anyone of blaming Flash - just making a comment on people that dont like Flash in response to the thread title "Why people don't like flash".
>>So, next time your are not interested about some topic, just ignore it.
But I am VERY interested in Flash I just want to express my opinion, You see, that is how a public board works. ;)
I like flash when it gives me the option to turn off sound, to skip intros and to see a non-flash version of the site. Shows creativity and another way to portfolioize a project or campaign.
I am frustrated with the fact that flash has been around for a while and most flash developers cannot harness its power. The reason for the post is that maybe here at WMW we can talk about making flash useful in our pages.
Some people will always believe that text only sites are the best way to go. I don't. I use graphics and flash. I try to keep my pages small, but I also think of my audience. I do a lot of intranet work. I can run huge movies, and in these environments they are expected. When I am on the Internet I try to stay under 40K.
There are plenty of tips that us flash people can give others.
Yeah me too, I'm just fed up with Flash-Haters instead of People-that-designed-the-flash-haters ;)
I think people hate flash because they have seen too many bad flash sites and only equate it with lengthy intros and spinning high end 3D graphics.
Also content can be delivered by flash its just that most of the time the content would probbably be best delivered by normal HTML. A help section on a site that actually shows what buttons to click on etc is a lot more helpful than a few screenshots. Flash is interactive and thats where most of its use lies.
I do agree that flash is a powerful, and useful tool; though i do agree with CIML's statement.
Of course it will always come down to the designer who chooses to use flash, as in their abilities, but their are too many extranous variables, that stop me from utilising it on commercial projects.
Hopefully it will change soon. To give them their credit, Macromedia have been working hard with the Web Accessibility Initiative [w3.org] and other groups on making Flash accessible. Convincing Web designers, on the other hand, will take considerably longer.
I'm not a big Flash fan
I think that the Web (HTML + HTTP) is a good foundation for providing access to Flash movies. I don't think that Flash movies are a good foundation for provding access to Web content.
Ciml, it could not be stated better!
I've trekked through some absolutely horrid flash sites recently... And yes, it IS the designers fault. But Flash is a "loaded gun" waiting to go off... and most new designers (and too many experienced) can't wait to pull the trigger... over and over and over again.
But how do you define content? Content can actually be Flash movies - there are sites that revolve around images, multimedia that NEED flash otherwise the content would not be available. There are some things that HTML cannot do and thats where Flash comes in.
Flash should not hinder access to content but improve it, used in the right hands Flash can excel at this...unfortuently a lot ot the time its not in the right hands.
Hate jpg love gif,
Hate avi love mpg,
Hate xml love html
The internet is a mixture of many different components and a site with just plain new times roman font and 1meg images and a download time of days is a lot worse than a 200k flash presentation.
I use flash of the odd animation or cloaking an email address I can say I honestly say I donít hate flash, I donít like what some flash designerís do but then I donít like what some html designers do.
Flash is just another web tool, over do it and you get bad results like 100 animated flashing Gifís
what doesn't impress me about Flash is the fact that it exists at all...any more than I'm impressed by the fact that gifs can be animated...if I want second rate animation I can always subscribe to the Cartoon Channel
the golden rule applies to Flash just as it does to every other aspect of design..."because I can" is not sufficient reason to do something
The reason for Flash being suited to "cloaking an email address", as DaveN puts it, is one of the reasons for it not being suited to providing access to your contact and location details if you want customers and prospects to be able to get in touch easily.
There have been many methods for hypermedia publishing before and since the Web, but we take the special properties of the Web for granted. I think that part of the reason is that the words are quite ugly:). The heterogeneity (horrid word for cross-platform portability) and multimodality (horrid word for being used in different ways) of Flash is nowhere near that of HTML, even though Flash is getting more accessible.
I don't hate Flash; I just don't appreciate its use instead of HTML for providing navigation to Web content.
Tim Berners-Lee 1998:
The Semantic Web is an attempt, largely, to map large quantities of existing data onto a common langauge so that the data can be analysed in ways never dreamed of by its creators.
Flash has a long way to go to match structured markup languages. IMO it shouldn't try to, as it's much better at other things.
I've never run across any giant flash intros or second-rate animation.
I'm also not besieged by spam email, spyware, or other forms of malicious advertising.
Why? Simply because I choose to visit only the best independent sites, sites that are well-designed, well-written, and well-healed by the informed among us.
In regard to numberous replies in this thread, almost all of the things that the authors said that flash can't do can in fact be done in flash. It's merely a matter of learning how and staying vigilant.
This does Flash a disservice. It could be so useful... in the right hands. It just too often ends up in the hands of the sort of people who like glittery, shiny things that spin and flicker.
Flash does have one serious drawback, and it's particularly evident if you have a complex Flash animation with a soundtrack. The speed a Flash movie plays at actually depends on the user's processor speed. Often, a Flash movie has been designed on a machine much faster than my own, so when I play it it slows down perceptably. But the soundtrack, of course, plays at the normal speed with the result that after a few seconds, sound and animation start getting out of synch.
But my point is that if my customers like it or are aware of it (the main core of web users with no design knowledge), then it cant be that bad! I think it brings life to a website site, and with most people turning to broadband, a well developed flash site can be very pleasing to the eye. Im no expert in it yet, but im learning gradually, im impressed with FLASH MX and its powerfull action scripting.
Also i think most people are prepared to wait that bit longer for a flash movie to load, as normally what appears is a lot better than a normal HTML page and a lot more interesting. I stay on flash site a hell of a lot longer than normal html sites.
So yes i LIKE flash
If by "customers" you mean the target audience of your websites, then congratulations on creating user-friendly, useful and pleasing Flash sites. If, as I suspect, by "customers" you mean the people who commission you to build such sites, then I'm afraid they're possibly the worst people to consult on such matters. In many cases, they've just been to too many Powerpoint presentations and seen too many slick TV adverts and think that that's how a website should be.
Of course, if you have a client who's willing to pay big bucks for a slick Flash site and won't consider anything else, go ahead and earn your bucks. Just don't expect his clients to say "Oh, wow, it was worth waiting three minutes for this site, I've gotta buy something from this company".