The Advantages of Macromedia Flash

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Looking to add stunning graphics, animations, and stylistic menus to your website? Check out Macromedia Flash. Flash is a website design and development platform created by Adobe systems. With Flash, you create small multimedia files that are inserted into HTML pages and are displayed when the user has a Flash plug-in enabled in their browser. There are many advantages to using Flash over static images, Javascript or other multimedia tools.

Large Installed Base

  • Over 99% of all Internet users in United States, Canada and Europe have installed the Flash Player version 8.0 and below in their browser. This means that virtually all visitors to your website will seamlessly view Flash videos and menus. Unlike other similar tools without such a large install base, your users will not need to leave your site to download and install a new plug-in in their browsers to see Flash content.

Large Developer Base

  • According to Adobe systems, there are more than 1.6 million Flash developers worldwide. Using Flash, you are not dependent on a few programmers or companies being familiar with your development platform. Instead, you can easily find programmers willing to create and modify Flash applications.

Ease of Use

  • Developing in Flash is an intuitive process. Designers are comfortable with the drag-and-drop interface that is similar to other software that they use daily, such as Adobe Photoshop. Programmers enjoy the simplicity and robustness of the ActionScript language. Using Flash together, designers and programmers can easily create dynamic websites that are visually pleasing as well as functionally dynamic.

Supports Apple iPhone and iPod Touch Applications

  • With the popularity of Apple's iPhone and iPod Touch hardware, most forward-thinking website owners have the goal of creating applications and websites that can be easily displayed on Apple products. The latest version of the Flash Platform Development Tool allows developers to package their Flash applications for iPhone use. This feature eliminates the need to hire costly and rare Apple iPhone developers and streamlines the creative, development, and testing processes for your site.

Fast Loading with Small Files

  • Macromedia Flash uses vector-based graphics. Vector-based graphics can be easily re-sized and are stored as very small files. This ensures that any menus, animations, applications or movies that you create with Flash will load extremely fast over even the slowest Internet connection. This quick loading time is also very important when developing for slower processors, such as those used in cell phones or iPhones.

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