Flash -is it worth implementing?

Depending on the content and purpose of a web site, the dynamic and sometimes interactive nature of a Flash animation can enhance and captivate the viewer – or – it can turn them away with long download times; the need for the plug-in; and/or act as… a road-block to the inner content of a site. For a while it was popular to create entire sites with Flash. Unlike HTML pages, (and browsers different interpretations of HTML) Flash gives the designer greater control over the visual effect of the final web page. However, because of limitations, 100% Flash sites are now less used. The Adobe Flash program has plenty to offer, and although it involves quite a steep learning curve, once the basics are mastered, simple Flash movies are not hard to create. Starting with simple time-line movement, one can advance to creating action scripted content. No need to hand code – the action script panel gives the designer a multitude of available actions at the click of a mouse. Used judiciously, and with good reason, a Flash animation can greatly enhance a site. Pro’s Add interactivity.. Create games.. Use instead of HTML.. Design education tools.. “Cool” and fun animations can add spice to your site Con’s Viewer needs plug-in Why.. Just because its possible..? Steep learning curve May need non-flash alternate site Flash intro pages can turn viewers away Caution.. If you add any Flash to your site, make sure you provide a link to Macromedia to download the plug-in. AND/OR.. Have a Flash detection script and set it up to redirect to an alternate “non-Flash” page if necessary....