Macromedia Flash is a great tool to incorporate interactivity and animation to your website. Flash can be used to create animated buttons, diagrams, and presentations for your website. Flash is ideal for website design because it's use of vector graphics combined with program code allows Flash files to be smaller, or streams to use less bandwidth, than the corresponding video clips. Flash can also create stand-alone presentations that you can run on your computer or off of CD or DVDs.
Example of a fun flash birthday card:
Flash is also now a widely accepted website medium. According to a NPD study, 98% of US Web users have the Flash Player installed, with 45%–56% having the latest version.
Though we don't typically recommend doing 100% Flash websites for search engine optimization reasons, we do believe incorporating it into good HTML based pages is a wonderful way to add interest and interactivity to websites.
We have been designing websites with Flash for over eight years. To check out some recent website designs that incorporate flash, here are a few recent projects:
This presentation was created for blueEnergy, a non-profit organization that brings renewable energy to remote villages in Nicaragua, providing employment and wind/solar energy. They are currently using this presentation on their website, and also have it on CD as a stand-alone presentation to use at tradeshows, meetings and other events.
This site uses Flash on the homepage - with custom illustration of the Denver Restaurant with interactive rollovers that boast CityGrille's specialties.
www.pearlstreetgrilldenver.com This website has a more sophisticated use of Flash for use in showcasing photographs of the restaurant tied into an interactive menu.
This incorporates a small amount of Flash in the form of the homepage animation of industries that use ASD's products.
My business's website - featuring a Flash animation of a vine growing.