Adobe Flash is a graphics and programming environment with a multitude of uses and possibilities in the web context. We use Flash to create animations as well as the more sophisticated, interactive graphics-based content for our sites. It is also an effective method for adding video and audio content to a website. Our goal with Flash is to enhance the user's experience as they navigate our web designs.
Flash Player - the sofware which allows users to view and interact with Flash content - has a 99% penetration rate among web users making it extremely accessible. We find it wise, however, to use Flash conservatively in our web designs. Our design philosophy places an effective user experience as the first priority. Excessive Flash content for its own sake serves only to frustrate and slow a user's web experience. For this reason our graphics and animations exist to accentuate the main content of the site. Additionaly, every Net Perspective site is engineered so that they are fully accessible even if a user is not equipped with Flash Player.
In addition to its use for creating animations and graphics, Flash is an effective software package for creating web-based applications. We are always exploring new possibilties for this flexible tool. Some examples of web-based applications we have developed in Flash include:
- Chart displays created dynamically from information retrieved from a database
- 360 panoramic images displayed on the page where users can pan and view the image
- Video player that can display videos stored on the server
- Audio player that can play audio stored on the server
- Animated image galleries that can be maintained and updated by any site administrator
- Push-pin map displays that can be easily updated
- Image editing tools that allow users to enhance an image that is being uploaded to the server
See some examples of our Flash work