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      11.03.2002 20:02

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      ... Flash is for you! With this program you can easly create beautiful images, animated banners and also complete websites with spectacular effects and sounds. If you like graphic, painting and you hate the restrictions of HTML try Flash, in the beginning it isn't very easy, it's like to create a video but with a few practice and some manuals/tutorials you can learn it quickly, then you'll do what you want. I've left it because I don't like painting with the PC (but also with paper and pencils...), and also because I have too few ideas about what to do. With Flash you can also make different things, like little games for you website, videos... but you have to work a lot :) Images made with Flash are smaller and smaller than bitmap (also than gif and jpeg) but don't exagerate! Some people don't have the plugin to view the Flash pages, why Windows doesn't install it for default? No... it sends an alert when the plugin try to install it to your pc, and some people are frightened! This is a big problem, I hope that someone resolve it in the nearly future.

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      06.05.2001 08:19

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      Now this is one program that requires all you got to learn. It is very hard to achieve a good flash movie for a beginner because it's a hard program. Ok I'm getting better at using Flash now, but not much better. Have you ever been to really advanced websites, and wondered how they animated text and such? Well, it's because they used this program. You have to download the flash plug in before you could initialise flash sites, but that's not a problem cause it only takes a few minutes to download and it automatically installs it afterwards. Flash works on normal Pentium computers as long as they exceed 90mhz and has around 32MB or ram, with over 50MB of HD space I think. Flash is basically a program for creating more smooth and animated websites for professional websites or normal ones. Some flash sites are packed with flash movies etc, and hence it slows down your computer and internet speed, however it can be faster than most normal HTML sites because when you jump to different pages or when you are playing a flash game it can be quicker. Features include inserting images of any kind I expect and not just *.gif, *.jpg, and some others that normal HTML pages only allow. MP3s sounds can be inserted (however I have trouble doing it), and WAV files. When you do insert sounds try to make them short and slightly repetitive, because it's pointless putting a full 3-4 MB mp3 into the program as it will make people viewing your flash movie really annoyed because it will take ages to load on a normal 56K connection. So try to make the sounds short and good (also make it so it fits into the flash movie you've done). Buttons can be edited and you can make your own flash buttons with any program such as Adobe Photoshop. There's a cool onion skin effect on the program that makes the movie look as if text is really moving. To insert a flash template or movie etc, you can try using frontpage, and insert a plugin, or you can get flash to automatically publish the flash movie and save it as a webpage, with the movie in it. I'm keeping saying flash movie but I think you can call it flash template or just flash intros for making introductions for a website using flash impressively. Tips:- If you want to get good at it, I advice you to consistently read the manual and look at how samples are done. If you do start getting good at it making Flash webpages will be a breeze. Good features to use but Flash 5 is alot better and it makes the text and images look better too. However it is very simple to just create rotating text and pictures which move across the screen. It's a brilliant program but it can be hard to handle, so use it wisely.

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      16.01.2001 04:18
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      I have used Flash4 for ages. But everytime i load it up there is always a new thing to do. The animations you can do on the package are amazing. The help file is also very indepth and thanks to the release of Flash 5 you can now purchase Flash4 books very cheapely. Flash 4 takes websites to the next level in graphics and animo. It is the craze on the web many large companies used it for their website. It is a bargain and easy to use stunning package.

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        13.12.2000 02:03
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        If you are interested in making yourself part of the Internet revolution then Flash 4 is for you. It is quite tricky to use at first but give it a couple of weeks and you’ll be an expert. Loads of websites use Flash these days and it is easy to see why, it is really, really good. You can create stunning graphics effects by morphing shapes, fading text and pictures in and out and moving anything about on the screen like a movie. The great thing about the Macromedia offering is the really small, and hence fast loading times of the movies when they are online. You can easily shrink your entire site into 150kb, and that is a full screen movie based website. The potential is huge. The only disadvantages are that the viewer needs the Flash 4 plug-in to be installed on their machine in order to see the movie. Although the majority of UK and USA users do have this plug-in there are those in other areas on the globe who do not. This is slowly changing as Flash becomes globally more popular but it will always be a limiting factor in the use of the software. This would be the reason why I would choose to use flash 4 over flash 5 at the moment, i.e. because even fewer people have the flash 5 player installed. The software is also relatively expensive, about £200 at the moment although this may or may not fall with the recent release of flash 5. The answer to this is to make two sites, one with flash and the other without, this way everyone can see your site although it is a bit of an inconvenience. In my opinion the benefits of flash make this extra effort worthwhile. An example of a basic, but highly functional flash site can be found at www.kesphoenix.co.uk.

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          30.11.2000 00:53
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          I downloaded the trial version of Flash 4 about 3 months ago and I loved it. I mastered the basics of creating motion for text and images and also added some sound. However that is far below the capabillities of the program. Many people think that you need Director to produce games and decent interactivity (to create shockwave) but as I found out last week, that is not true. I hired a book from my local library and it taught me how to build amazing games in flash and also how to build polls and guestbooks using php3 scripting. Just some of the games I made were: Pong, Pub Quiz and Hangman all using the macromedia ActiveScript. However, there is always a downside to everything, no matter how good it is, and in this case it's the price of the software, a huge $299!! Maybe it's worth it if your website is designed for games and would like to use extensive flash, but not if you wish to use it for the odd graphic or animation. My advise is stick to the trial version from Macromedia.com

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          25.10.2000 22:51
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          Macromedia Flash - what a program. Being a webmaster myself I could see the usefulness of this program even before I installed it. After going through the 30 day evaluation period about 4 months ago, I have now progressed onto the full program and my site has never been the same since. The ability to add low bandwidth sound, animation (called tweens in Flash) and graphics has improved my sites hits enormously. If anyone still isnt convinced then please take a look at an example - the following URL is my first Flash effort. http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/olympia/relay/315/index.html

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          30.09.2000 21:43
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          Flash is a very interesting piece of software that has the potential to become something really good. In the wrong hands however it can create some of the most shockingly hideous pieces of web design that the world has ever seen. First of all, Flash is a kind of file format for creating things such as animations and other graphically impressive things. It is supposed to be fairly platfrom independant so those people struggling along with Apple Macs should be able to cope with it :-) For people to view the flash animations that you create they need to have the Flash plug-in installed but to my knowledge the majority of people now have this on their computer whether they know it or not. Flash is vector based so it is possible to zoom right in on a presentation and it still won't appear pixelated. This is useful for designers because it allows the animation to be resized with a lot of image quality degradation. The program is pretty easy to use but for a complete beginner it could pose problems. One of the hardest things is actually working out the concept of it all. Some things need to be animated properly and some don't which can be confusing. For example if you wanted to create an animated signature for your emails or a forum you would need to use the animation timeline to do this to creat timing loops. However if you just want to have buttons that change when the mouse goes over them you don't need to. It can take a bit of getting used to but it is fine once you understand it. For the more advanced user there is the facility of Action scripting. This is more complex than most of the Flash program but it is pretty much vital if you want to make really good designs. Flash is ideal for use on the internet because it creates tiny files compared to animated gifs etc. The quality is very high unlike some JPEGs when the compression starts to become obvious. Overall I would say that Flash is a very good and fairly intuitive piece of software that can be used to create professional looking websites and animations. BUT IT IS VERY OVERPRICED.

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            25.09.2000 16:08
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            Flash... Flash, whats that i here you say. Well i'll tell you, its only the best interactive web content designer on the market. I'm sure you've bumped into it on many a site and you were amazed! Flash allows you to create anything from roll over buttons to cartoons and chatrooms. Action scripting (flash's programming environment, like vb) within flash allows you to create complex, user orientated control of movies. With plug-ins you can buy such as generator you can also control external elements such as html pages and cgi. The drawing tools within the design environment are easy to use, as is adding text and importing graphics such as j-pegs and png. The help system supplied with the product is very comprehensive with examples and interactive tutorials + sample pages. Macromedia has also set up numerous websites to help users make the best of their product.

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              24.09.2000 06:04
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              This is an essencial part of a web designers tool kit. Though the skills in Flash do NOT come easilly. The interface of the program is hard to use and is very unlike that of any of the other Macromedia programs though this should all be changing with the release of the much improved Flash 5. The program is difficult to learn though the basics can be achieved by using the tutorials in the program which unlike most programs tutorials are actually very good (but simple). I would advise people to use web based tutorials or to get a book or even go to classes to learn this program :-)

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                22.09.2000 05:13

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                22.09.2000 04:00
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                I have used falsh for a while, since it came out. To be honest at first I found it very complex, difficult to use and somewhat fiddly - hosever, now that I have grasps some of the key concepts it wasn't long efore I was able to put to use its excellent array of tools, its mighty macromedia power and supurb graphics. Falsh is like nothing you have ever seen - instead of designed a page a time that links to differnt pages you actually have to build a movie. When you start to think about how films are put together it makes Flash the ultimate web developer tool.

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                14.09.2000 21:31
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                There is no doubt in mind that this program has revolutionised the web. I started using Flash 9 months ago when employed by Hull university to create content for a distance learning course. The manager wanted me to use Frontpage and only Frontpage. Being cheeky, and having had a quick go on Flash via the trial version at home, I asked him to get it. Boy, was he impressed. Easy to learn but difficult to master, I quickly found my way around the program and within a couple of weeks had enough knowledge to create nice looking, interactive content for the course. Handily enough, the course is on multimedia - what better program than Flash to demonstrate and teach the benefits of Multimedia to companies? I've now started to learn Dreamweaver Ultra Dev - with all the database linking that that program entails. It's so easy to stick swfs straight in. It's not hard to see the advantages of using Flash rather than standard HTML. Web content looks so much more professional with a bit of Flash content. Beware of using large graphics and sound within movies though - UK bandwidth can make Net users leave the site before they have time to view your labour of love - damn UK bandwidth. All in all, a great package that is (if you can afford it) easy to pick up the basics and have some great looking material up and running quickly. Be prepared to trawl the web for tutorials - try out www.flashzone.com as one source. You really don't have to have graphic design experience to get something you'll be happy with (although, as in most things like this - it helps) Be creative and have fun - I know I am.... bring on those well paid contracts!!

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                15.08.2000 05:52

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                I've used macromedia Flash 4 for a while and I can assure oyu that it's the best program to produce web - page. Flash is very easy to improve and I like it very much. ...if you want are still searching to improve Html you're mad ;-) In my opinion Flash is going to remake all the www planet! The only problem of macromedia flash is that if see some pages made by some big you feel very bad! ;-) France

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                14.08.2000 01:11
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                You may associate Flash with long download times in the UK. But when you consider that a lot of Internet users have faster access and the fact we are on the way Flash is going places. Some people hate it, but the fact is Flash is the future. Whether you are going to do the old HTML & Flash versions or an integration of both there are many positive things. The fact it streams so a lot of informtion can be thrown down the telephone lines. It took me a while to get into Flash, but with a good book you should get started quite quickly. The programming you are able to do within Flash has not yet been manipulated fully, with Actionscript being something of a black art to non-programmers, like myself. Few people are willing to give away the secrets and the availability of Actionscript books is nil. The lively look of Flash makes many sites look 'designer'. But at the same time wrong usage can be perilous. Macromedia really do understand how to make web apps and to enable designers to realise their visions and programmers to make their databases something beyond bland.

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                  11.08.2000 21:39
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                  At first site, it was puzzling.. I was like what is this thing, how the hell do I get started.. But once I went through the help tutorials, I got the grasp of this thing. It them became so easy to use. I create animated gifs by using different sorts of packages, but which ever package I used, I always had to draw the images first and it becomes a pain in the butt having to make little changes all the time and then going back to change something else (those who create animated gifs will know what I am on about). However, with Flash 4.. creating animations has never been easier!! You can even add sound to certain parts of animations... or a add a whole song!! Flash 4 is very powerful and you can create all sorts of animations for web pages. You can do away with Java Scripts. It comes with its own programming language, which aint to difficult to get a grasp off if you know any other computing language. It isn't user friendly for the beginners, so therefore I higly recommend going through the help > tutorials..!! Nowadays I am seeing loads of web sites that have flash on them, so it seems if you want a hip and happening web page, you have to have learn to use Flash. For those who use Director, they will find using Flash 4 a breeze as it works in a similar way. Flash 4 is a must for web developers..!!

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