Adobe, Flash, Java? With ASP.NET?

Hello everyone,

This is sort of a generic question, I am just in the process of helping someone re-design a website and we are looking to use flash to display images on the site.

My question is, what is the best way of going about implementing Flash on a website when your platform is ASP.NET?

There are several applications out there that I can see that can be used to make flash objects, but as I have absolutely no idea about flash I am a bit baffled as to where to start.

I have read that you can program flash with ActionScript (I am an experienced C#/C++ Developer so I would image I would hopefully be able to handle it.)

Anyone got any tips as to what kind of software I should use to make things like flash slideshows, flash window popups(showing a bigger version of the image rather than navigating to a seperate page to view it).

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks!
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blue-genieConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Just my opinion...

re. the ASP.NET platform part - does that mean your pages are .aspx type?
If so you can use the plugin in .NET to include your swf files.

If you're doing a once off and you just want to display some pictures on a website - go have a look at sites like flashden etc (google) where you can purchase different galleries.

>> I have read that you can program flash with ActionScript  
I've not heard of anything else. ActionScript is Flash's language.
to create Flash swf files you'll need Flash (latest is CS4) or Flex.
have a look at Flex as well - as a programmer I think you'll love it - although that's for the more application side of things rather than pretty designs.

recruititAuthor Commented:
Just a side note, the type of "effects" we want to create using flash are best explained by viewing a site like the one below. 
recruititAuthor Commented:
Thanks blue :o), the pictures will need to be changed regularly, so I need to have some way of inserting the url/path for the pictures to be displayed.
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most of the flash galleries these days load images from xml so you'd just need to change the xml.
recruititAuthor Commented:
Great, thanks :o)

I just got started on Adobe CS4 and running through some tutorials.  At the moment I can see how I can display nifty graphics, just not sure if there is going to be much "interface" between and the flash files.

Although I think I might be able to feed data into the flash object through the xml files for things like links to a particular product as well as the image to be displayed.  So it will display an image but also have a link to a location on the website.
yup xml will do that nicely :-)
i'm busy getting cs4 - been working mostly with AS2 and .NET in the past but my .NET guy has left - so I"m pushing for flex option to build desktop apps using AIR.
with AS2 we used external interface to handle the comms - you can do it in AS3 as well.
recruititAuthor Commented:
I had a look at flex, its pretty nice, would consider porting our back-office apps to flex if I could, dont think our apps would be able to operate in it though. (Although I dont know too much about it yet)
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