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    Hi
    I have been looking at a site in Oz which has a really nice flash front end. I was wondering if anyone had any dealings with Flash and can give some advice.

    regards John

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    As much as I love working with it, Flash is not a good idea for affiliate or merchant sites...nor are splash pages. You want to direct the visitor to *buy* at the earliest possible moment.

    What Flash *is* good for are online presentations.

    [ 05-02-2002: Message edited by: eaglefire ]

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    Flash is Bull. Big dollars to web designers to WOW a certain Board of Directors (who are Clueless) to a authorize hundred thousand dollar website...


    I "X" out as soon as a flash starts. I read somewhere that 84 % of most surfers "X" out immediately as well.


    So, my 2 cents says, "If you want to impress 16% of your audience, GO FLASH!"

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    FLASH ise a kiss of death for any site seeking traffic. Those 84% click away stats are correct. It even sucks for creating banners as the expensive creators are finding no one wants a second set due to portal complaints. Even the broadband sites like Excite@home had their Flash pages choak their cable modem customers. Only good for internal slide shows.

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    Flash sites just SUCK. I press alt+f4 asap I see one kinda a reflex for me. They suck big time especially for affiliate biz. dont use IMO. :rolleyes:

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    My real-world workplace uses some quite nice flash here - it's actually just a flash animated banner, the rest of the page is just standard HTML.

    To be honest though - it only adds to the site a little bit of polish, and I'd suggest use sparingly if at all [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Well thanks for the replies. It seems that Flash is going to be out of the question. I thought I better ask before I buy software or start work on any project

    I was just wondering on what changes I could do to my front page. i am not too happy with it at this time as it seems abit messy.

    Anyway thanks again.

    regards John

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    Just a note about Flash. We use it on our radio station site, however, it is only for the logo. The rest is standard HTML. People don't seem to mind as long as they are not overwhelmed with it. The GM of the station saw a flash site and thought it was neat. I explained the drawbacks, and he changed his mind. If you do it, go small.

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    I'm not a fan of Flash sites either (which is why I have IE prompt me first if I want to see a Flash presentation) but I can see where it has it's uses.

    It's good for multimedia presentations. I once viewed the aluminium process in a flash presentation which was highly educational.

    The only other reason for using it would be for band/music sites because of the incorporation of sound and animation which is great for some teenagers who have a short attention span and like the whole "special effects" thing.

    Like I said, I'm not a Flash fan but it's a million times better than using Java in webpages. Good thing IE lets you turn off Java.

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    All of the above:

    -Flash is out for marketing and/or driving traffic.

    -Flash is great for entertainment and/or educational sites. Okay, sue me, I can spend hours on a good Flash entertainment or education site [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] . But I also have my browser ask me if I want to allow the ActiveX app each time.

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