Let's Flash!

Written by Elmer Horvath

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Here is an example ofrepparttar Flash HTML script that you would need to add to your page:

Notice that there are both Object and Embed tags. The "Object" is for Internet Explorer andrepparttar 134787 "Embed" for Netscape. The parameters are referenced in both areas; and it is these parameters which allow you to do some customizing of your SWF file. The "movie" parameter referencesrepparttar 134788 SWF from your directory. You'll need to uploadrepparttar 134789 SWF file torepparttar 134790 same directory as your web page. (If you placerepparttar 134791 SWF file in a different directory, then you will need to showrepparttar 134792 path to that directory in this parameter -- something like "flash/super.swf" -- assuming "flash" isrepparttar 134793 name of that particular directory or folder.)

Withrepparttar 134794 "loop" parameter you can haverepparttar 134795 animation play once, or play continuously, by setting it to "false" or "true".

It's best to keeprepparttar 134796 "quality" parameter at "high" -- because it will look sharp and displayrepparttar 134797 smoothest in your browser.

The "bgcolor" parameter can be set to whatever hexadecimal (#FFFFFF format) color you need for your web design.

Now,repparttar 134798 "width" and "height" are not parameters inrepparttar 134799 same sense asrepparttar 134800 others -- but you can change these as well. Sincerepparttar 134801 SWF file is "scalable", you can make necessary changes andrepparttar 134802 animation will smoothly resize torepparttar 134803 new dimensions.

Either fixed pixel-based or flexible percentage-based dimensioning can be used. Fixed dimensioning (for example, width=300 and height=200) setsrepparttar 134804 size torepparttar 134805 exact pixel dimensions, just like you normally would with an image. However, percentage-based dimensioning -- for example, width =50% and height=50% -- makesrepparttar 134806 SWF automatically resize, proportionately, to any browser window size without any deformations. Now that's cool!

Believe it or not, that's about all you need to know to embed a Flash file into your web page once you have downloaded a free SWF file fromrepparttar 134807 Net. If you would like to explorerepparttar 134808 full capabilities of SWF, then take advantage of allrepparttar 134809 Flash and Webmaster resources. There is a wealth of information and free stuff available online and waiting for you!

If you want to create or experience more than just static web pages - SWF isrepparttar 134810 format. It is rapidly becomingrepparttar 134811 de-facto, online multi-media standard. Enjoy!

Elmer Horvath has been involved in web design for the past six years and is the creator and webmaster for: www.JavaPowered.com www.KaZaaP.com www.FlashBanger.com www.iFlash2.com

Flash Design Does It Really Deliver What Is Promised?

Written by Jody Hatton

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Torepparttar experienced Flash designer, these powerful tools have been both a blessing and a curse. Onrepparttar 134786 upside, they drastically reducerepparttar 134787 time it takes to create Flash pieces. Onrepparttar 134788 downside,repparttar 134789 low price of these applications makes them available torepparttar 134790 "Average Joe," and as a result, everybody and their dog is beginning to call themselves "Flash Designers." Their pieces, created withoutrepparttar 134791 necessary technical know-how of what it takes to make a Flash piece accessible to lower-bandwidth viewers, are beginning to give Flash a bad reputation as being bloated and boring.

To you,repparttar 134792 prospective consumer, this overabundance of so-called "Flash Designers" presents an element of confusion. Should you getrepparttar 134793 kid downrepparttar 134794 block to design your Flash site for $300? Probably not. If you're paying a "design firm" in another city $10,000 for a site, are you gettingrepparttar 134795 best Flash site money can buy?

Unfortunately, my friends,repparttar 134796 answer is no.

We were recently contacted by a man who was unhappy withrepparttar 134797 state of his site; after paying over $10,000 to a "Flash Design Firm," he had one look at what he got for his money and was shocked.

We were, too.

His site, at http://www.faustco.com/, breaks just about every rule there is. There are too many colors, too many fonts, and, as you know, Flash is intended to display images in "vector" format. Whoever designed Mr. Faust's site clearly had no understanding of this fact, and imported as many raster images as they could. This resulted in a site that not only hasrepparttar 134798 "chunky" appearance mentioned earlier, but also presents incredibly long download times to viewers trying to visitrepparttar 134799 site with a standard 56k (or lower) connection. While Mr. Faust's business has been around for a long time, no doubt because they've been producing excellent, dependable products sincerepparttar 134800 day they began business,repparttar 134801 poor quality of his site's design will no doubt harmrepparttar 134802 reputation of his company.


Like I said before, folks: Flash, "when created properly," can berepparttar 134803 best thing that ever happened to your site. Having personally experiencedrepparttar 134804 benefits of effective Flash design, I can honestly say that there is NO medium out there that gets people going to your site and subscribing to your newsletter list better than a well-done Flash piece. However, when looking for a Flash designer, beware: if a "company" doesn't have a Flash portfolio that impresses you inrepparttar 134805 least, don't hesitate to delete their e-mail and forget they existed, no matter how low their prices may be.

If you're looking for a Flash designer, I'm naturally going to recommend you contact us now. Not only are we in our seventh year of putting people's businesses online, and not only have we been applying proven marketing concepts time and time again, helping thousands of people maximize responses to their offers (regardless ofrepparttar 134806 type of business they run), we've also gotrepparttar 134807 technical know-how of exactly what it takes to make a Flash piece that WORKS. When you order from us, you won't just be getting a site that LOOKS pretty and applies our years of marketing experience, you'll be getting one that loads quickly and gets your point across effectively.

And hey, if you've received a quote from another company and aren't sure if you'll be getting your money's worth, sendrepparttar 134808 quote to me. I'm not offering to beat their price, I'm offering something much more valuable: to relieve any confusion you might be experiencing and help you to become more informed of what good Flash design is. I'm standing by to help you now! mailto:customerservice@worldprofit.com

Jody Hatton is a senior member of the Worldprofit Design Team and specializes in Flash design. Recent Worldprofit designed Flash sites include: http://www.worldprofit.com/uhbp/ http://www.animaltrainermagazine.com/flash-full.htm http://www.fightercombat.com/ http://www.worlddesignservices.com/NewWDS/galleryfiles/iddonline

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