Flash Websites

Flash is a powerful tool for animation, playing audio and video content, and more. It is capable of pretty amazing things. On the other hand, developing Flash content can be difficult and time-consuming, so it is only worth doing so when an easier alternative does not exist or would be clearly inferior. Those alternatives keep progressing, so a number of things that I might have done in Flash in the past I now accomplish in other ways.

It would take some rather special circumstances for me to build an entire website in Flash. Several websites that I did build entirely in Flash are described below.

It is much more common for me to include some Flash content in a website not built in Flash. See the Features > Graphics > Animation and Features > Media > Videos and Audio pages for examples.

Stott Shots Photography and High Angle Photo

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I built the Stott Shots Photography ("SSP") website first; the High Angle Photo ("HAP") website is very similar (though for very different kinds of photographs; I won't build a website for a client that is a direct competitor of another client). I built the SSP website in Flash primarily because SSP originally intended to have audio tracks play, and have the playing be continuous even when changing pages. That feature was never implemented.

SSP is no longer my client, unfortunately, but you can click here to visit the HAP website. Some things to look for:
  • If you click on the broadband connection link in the gateway page, you will see the website in one of three different sizes. The one you see will be the largest of the three sizes that will fit within the window in which it is shown.
  • While the rest of the website is merely scaled, the photos are truly of three different sizes, so that if you are seeing a smaller version of the website the photos will download more quickly.
  • For that reason, if you click on the dial-up connection link in the gateway page, you will automatically be shown the smallest of the three sizes. Of course this was an issue for a lot more people when I built the website than it would be today.

Here are a few features of SSP that you won't see in HAP:
  • A more complex form in the Contact Us page, where website visitors could input information about an event for which they wanted photographs taken.
  • Each time the Home page was viewed, the photo shown on that page was randomly selected from a group of photos provided for that page.
  • A short piece of text was shown on the Home page, and SSP could specify the dimensions and position of the semi-transparent rectangle containing that text separately for each of the different photos provided for the Home page. See the second demo in the Content Management System > Move It page to see how this worked.

The second and third bullet points above also exist in the HAP website, but the website owner has elected not to use them.

The Drop

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This band disbanded long ago, but I was able to recreate their website on mine. Click here to check it out. I disabled the input on the gateway page for adding your email address to their emailing list, since the band no longer exists. Something to look for:
  • You can change songs in the music player bar, which appears on every page, or in the content of the Audio/Video page, and when you do, the change made in one of those places is immediately also shown in the other place.

As I recall, I wanted to include a progress bar and the length of the song being played in the music player bar, but my client chose not to include these features.