Nov02

Reasons behind the Popularity of Flash Web Design

Flash is popular multimedia software that web designers use for creating interactive websites, advertisements, games and much more. A dynamic website not only displays information, it opens a channel for two way interaction.

Flash Web Design

Here are some of the benefits of Flash web design.

  • Gives an Attractive Look- Earlier we had only static web pages, but now you can use dynamic content and give your website a unique look. Designers can add video, slideshows, dynamic header, animated logo and many other elements to stand out of the competition.
  • Works as an Educational Tool- Tutorial sharing sites add dynamic presentation to help students learn properly. They can also offer paid video content downloads to make their business profitable.
  • Present the Site in an Innovative Style- There is no need to use the same, boring horizontal drop down menu for navigation purpose. You can use a dynamic intro and give a glimpse of everything your offer or create a 3D interactive design and let the visitors take a virtual tour.
  • Inexpensive and Easy- It’s not costly software and all you need to know is Actionscripting to create beautiful layouts. Therefore, companies with low budgets for web development can use it as well.
  • Visible in All Browsers- Users can easily install FLV Player in their browsers to see a dynamic website.

Flash has always been developers’ favorite tool and will remain so despite the growth of HTML5. HTML5 is still under development phase and its features are not supported by all browsers.

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Sep11

Online Surveys Made Easy with Flash Survey Tools

Online surveys help companies gain an insight into customers’ psyche and shape  marketing strategies accordingly. Flash survey tools are quite helpful for this purpose as they offer more flexibility and features than traditional static survey software. Using a dynamic survey tool, you can add animation, audio files, page transition effects and much more to a survey page.

There are mainly three types of Flash survey software available in the market- free, trail and buy, and premium. Let’s take a look at the three options and their features:

  • Free - Free software is good for small companies and students, but may not meet the needs of large corporate houses. Zoomerang is one such tool to create surveys for free. However, it offers only 12 questions and 100 responses per survey.
  • Trial and Buy – ViewletQuiz allows users to try its features before the final buying decision. You can select multiple choice, short answer or other question types. It also sends an automated result to the survey creator via email.
  • Premium – If you have a large customer base, paid survey tools are ideal for you. For instance, Smart Survey 1.0 is a paid tool and it provides several unique features. You can create unlimited surveys for unlimited number of viewers. The survey results are displayed in chart and graph format, and stays in your database for quick references.

Depending on your requirements, you can select one of the aforementioned options.

Have you tried any Flash survey tool before? Share your experiences with us.

 

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Sep03

Advantages of Flash Media Server Video Streaming

While developers are getting worried to see that Flash Player has stopped supporting most of the mobile operating systems, Flash Media Server has opened a door of possibilities for them. With the help of FMS, one can now stream video in various devices, including iPhone and iPad. This is certainly a huge breakthrough because Adobe and Apple never had a good chemistry.

Here are some of the advantages you get by streaming video via Flash Media Server.

1.    Users get to see the video instantly without any buffering.
2.    Admin can detect the bandwidth, monitor the service quality, create automatic thumbnails and server side playlists.
3.    While 3G and 4G internet connectivity made FLV streaming faster, the data consumption rate is still pretty high. Most users tend to avoid dynamic content in tablets and mobiles just because it will increase their monthly bills. FMS provides a solution for this problem. It only transfers the data that the end user watches, hence, reduces data consumption.
4.    It provides SSL encryption to keep the streaming video completely secure. Moreover, as the video is not stored in the end users cache, they can’t access the previously viewed media files from browser history.
5.    Live streaming saves hard drive space because the end user does not need to download the entire file.
6.    FMS allows you gather valuable user data such as, how many times the user watched a particular clip, how long he watched it, how many times he paused and played the file and many more things.
7.    Flash Media Server allows users to watch a video from any point. For instance, in a 10 minute long clip, if you click on 5min mark, it will immediately start playing from 5 min.

Have you tried Flash Media Server for streaming purpose? Do you think it can solidify Flash’s future? Share your opinion with us.

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