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making a flash site?


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First Post Mark as Spam vinodkalpaka
Posts: 1 - Registered: 2004-12-17

I'm no stranger to html, actionscript, dreamweaver, or flash, but I seem to be in a bit of a rut, here.

Note: I'm not asking anyone do do the work for me. it would just be really helpful to have access to source fla's, templates, tutorials, etc.

Basically, I want to make an animated, dynamic-width flash site to show off my projects, portfolio, and company information, but I'm absolutely overwhelmed. D:


Here's the concept I've come up with:

http://i43.tinypic.com/316rlsp.jpg


As you can see, the idea is a simple monochrome layout with a top and bottom bar, and a "moving" sidebar. Regardless of window-size, I want to make the bars stretch all the way across the screen, except for the bottom one, which will only go 100-200 pixels away from the right edge.


So my question(s) is(are) basically, where do I begin?


Should I use xml or just flash?
Should it be broken up into small swf files or be one big one
One swf file per page, or one for the whole site?
How do I go about making a dynamic width layout in flash?
What's the best method to make animation "transitions" between pages?
Do I need a preloader, and how do I make one?
Is there anything else I should know (tips, advice) before I start?
I'm not sure if I missed anything or not... ^_^;

I know I'm asking a LOT, but answers to any (or all) of these questions would be greatly appreciated, and I'd be forevereverever in your eternal debt.

thanks for everyone's time!

Sincerely,
Eric




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Reply #1 Mark as Spam Suffer
Posts: 235 - Registered: 2009-01-20

great idea, i want make flash site years and years ago.




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Reply #2 Mark as Spam Jit
Posts: 1 - Registered: 2007-01-11

mmm...interesting for me, thanks




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Reply #3 Mark as Spam rere
Posts: 2 - Registered: 2007-02-11

I have to give the disclaimer that I'm an absolute noob to Flash - but I'm just throwing ideas out there there...

Are you looking to keep the site in simple visual layouts such as in the images provided? If so, your pages won't be that big at all. You could create folders in Photoshop for each page (with all the elements of the page in each folder of course) and then import them to Flash and just move each page off the stage until the beginning of the instance in which they're accessed by user?

Wouldn't that actually be faster for the end user? I mean, if you don't have a ton of graphics and content on each page, I think it would actually be slower to load each page individually versus having it all preloaded when they first visit the page as one .swf file. Then you could just bring in each page onto the stage as users click on the menu items and it's already been loaded into their cache.

I've seen a tutorial before in which (I swear) I've seen them using flexible widths on some elements to fit to a web browser. They had to manually edit some code though. So I'm 98% sure it's possible. I can't remember for the life of me where they went though. I'm just starting to use Flash and have still haven't even saved a practice project yet lol

Anyways,

I think one large Flash file for all you're trying to incorporate is possible. It doesn't seem like it'll be that large of a project to where it'll be impractical for end users.




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Reply #4 Mark as Spam henryzal
Posts: 1 - Registered: 2007-03-13

Do you imagine that your Flash-based site will be failed in Search Engines? I advice you to leave the HTML-based text content part of your site. I think web programming in Flash can't be convincing in attracting new visitors in Web 2.0 epoch