Hey, I am brand new to Flash and my work called me in and made me change our site so that it is a little more animated. So here I am. I have used Flash, but never got into Action Script, so here is my situation:
I have a series of buttons (for a homepage) and I need the buttons to animate when there is a mouse over, and I need them to link to other sites. Can someone show me how this will look or how I can accomplish this?
Oops, I forgot, people on Blender dispise Flash. Well, get over it, technology demands something better than CSS, and my work is convinced it is Flash. All of our buttons ect., are .swf, and they want to keep the format. If I wanted to use a brick to make a house, I would, but I hear they invented cement.
Now I equip my shield of criticism +2 to nerd rantings…
The flash navigation on http://weebl.jolt.co.uk/ is IMO as far as you can take it. It’s very minimalistic and could have been done using gifs. I think there isn’t much beyond that point. Just my 2 cents.
It’s good because it’s cross-platform, easy to make animations and uses less CPU for animations than anything else. Flash sites almost always look better than other sites. You can get animated images at higher than 256 colours (unlike GIF). Also, you might have to make a normal version anyway - most sites offer non-flash alternatives.
It’s bad because it uses proprietary software and it’s harder to maintain as you have to edit the entire flash file every time. Also, you might not be able to reach Linux PPC users as they don’t have a suitable flash player yet. Google won’t index your page either.
If Java Applets were better e.g. didn’t take so much time to initialize, I don’t think Flash would be around. Since it’s not, I don’t think you can get the quality of flash with other methods.
I would only use flash if I was doing a lot of animation.
Flash is it’s own worst enemy, problem is it’s so easy to use that people with no sense of design end up making rubbish, pretty much all of the problems people have described her are due to a lack of user knowledge rather than flash being bad. used properly flash is an awesome tool, i’d like to see you do this in java
Flash is indeed a good tool to use for what its good at: a sophistcated (potentially in the right hands, anyway) method of communicating static (non-changing) information. But when you want to convey dynamic data, such as what this very forum conveys, then flash is far from appropriate.
I would say that mixing the two mediums (flash / XHTML) is not necessarily a good practice, and that’s probably the point most are trying to make here (at least I was…). If you do flash, go exclusively flash, but if all you need is site navigation for an HTML-based site, then there are better solutions out there…
Making blanket statements about how outdated all other technologies are is, unfortunately, clearly demonstrating your own sad lack of understanding about the vast array of communication technologies available on the net today, as well as the wide variety of their uses and capabilities. Its a bit like saying Blender is the new replacement for all computer software everywhere. Hmmm… would that it were so.
Flash is actually capable of displaying dynamic data quite happily, it uses xml, a friend of mine made a diary app made entirely in flash that used a database, and i have made a simple forum app in the past, so it can be done.
Also, Flash is perfectly fine for making a site navigation and using html for the rest, you can create some real interesting menus for an otherwise standard site, because sometimes you want the rest of the site to be standard
Thanks for the links! I showed my boss my the CSS example first and pleaded he let me stick with it, but he’s wanting something a little more animated. And with the brick analogy, don’t dig too deep into it, I’m not a contractor, I have no idea how to make a house, I just used it for analogies sake!