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- I have started a site that is 640x480 but have noticed that many of the professional flash sites do not use these dimensions. What is the dimensions that are most commonly used by these bigwig celebrity sites?

- I have also noticed that these sites seem to have large graphic files and large music files playing in the background. I created a small site with a few small pics and 1 partial song and the file was huge and took forever to download. How do they get these large files to load so quickly?

- If you follow this link: http://britneyspears.com/news/index.php I was wondering are these static HTML pages loaded into a movie clip and if so, how do they get the background color to match so perfectly to the flash file?
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by:negatyve
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>What is the dimensions that are most commonly used by these bigwig celebrity sites?

there are not special or commonly used dimensions, they have something related to the personal creativity or design ideas, and the site target: in fact, your movie should resize and look good on quite every monitor resolution. Besides the fact that the most common "ratio" is 4/3, now what I can see quite everywhere this kind of ratio: http://www.pixelranger.com/ (vertical rectangle)

>How do they get these large files to load so quickly?

http://www.macromedia.com/support/flash/publishexport/stream_optimize/index.html


>Iwas wondering are these static HTML pages loaded into a movie clip

what pages?
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by:bubbapuck
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"your movie should resize and look good on quite every monitor resolution"
How is this done? I thought a flash movie's size is set during the development phase. Hw is this changed?

"what pages?"
I was just wondering how to load static html pages into a flash movie but I found out it is not possible. I have heard that the use of frames is a very popular technique but frames are not viewable in Netscape. Why do these companies prefer using frames over just embeding a swf file into a cell in a table? What are the advantages/disadvantages of tables or frames?


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by:negatyve
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>How is this done? I thought a flash movie's size is set during the development phase. Hw is this changed?

it is done, but sometimes you'd want to resize the movie, ie:

http://www.negatyve.com/EE/stage/resize_001.html
http://www.negatyve.com/EE/stage/resize_002.html
http://www.negatyve.com/EE/stage/resize_003.html

http://www.negatyve.com/EE/stage/resize.zip

>but frames are not viewable in Netscape

they are...

>Why do these companies prefer using frames over just embeding a swf file into a cell in a table?

it's just a design choice, there's no preference for frame over table cell..

>What are the advantages/disadvantages of tables or frames?

once there was a compatibility issue against frames, now all browsers support them. if there's an advantage over tables, is maybe for validating issue, but nothing related to flash...
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by:bubbapuck
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Thanks for the tips... they will come in handy. I am still not sure how the resizing is done? Do I have to use javascript to determine the browser size? Then DO I just change the width and height parameters based on  this or do I just save the flash file with different sizes? I would still need javascript correct? NOt sure how this process works.

Thanks... Bubba
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negatyve earned 500 total points
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You don't *need* to resize your movie... You have got two choice:

1 • you can create a movie small enough to be accessible at small resolution, but not too small for people viewing it at bigger ones
2 • you can resize it. resize it means:
               a • creating more than one versions, with different size, and redirecting user on the monitor resolution: check with javascript
               b • resizing the movie with javacript, dinamically changing the width and height parameters
               c • let it resize automatically using percent width and height (width="100%" height="100%")
               d • using Stage object on flash mx, as in my examples

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by:bubbapuck
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Thanks for you help negatyve!
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nothing at all..
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