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Flash Week 5 Presentation by Mindy McAdams Post-mortem: Flash 3 exercise Sliding panel functionality Use of big, beautiful pictures (vs. tiny pictures) Choices for layout of buttons, text, etc. Sliding panel functionality Let’s look at some excellent solutions to the button puzzle …

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flash week 5

Flash Week 5

Presentation by Mindy McAdams

post mortem flash 3 exercise
Post-mortem: Flash 3 exercise
  • Sliding panel functionality
  • Use of big, beautiful pictures (vs. tiny pictures)
  • Choices for layout of buttons, text, etc.
sliding panel functionality
Sliding panel functionality
  • Let’s look at some excellent solutions to the button puzzle …
  • Two solutions, each quite different
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Inside the movie clip timeline, the script addresses the button instance up on the main Timeline (with _parent)
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The script inside the movie clip timeline is different for each position (out, in) of the sliding panel
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Sliding panel functionality
  • Now look at a very different solution that is equally as good …
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Sliding panel functionality
  • Both of these solutions are very good because the sliding panel can only slide down when it is up, and vice versa
  • Buttons that work the way you would expect them to work enhance the professional quality of a Flash package
now let s discuss design
Now let’s discuss design
  • Use of images in Flash
  • Placement of images (not the same as on a regular Web page)
  • Use the full Stage whenever you can
  • Small is not beautiful
placement of buttons panels
Placement of buttons, panels
  • Functionality first
  • Alignment with other items on the Stage
  • Avoid centering in most cases
  • “Don’t make me think”
    • What will the user expect?
    • What does the user want to do?
balance alignment
Balance & alignment

A different alignment changes everything

placement of sliding panel
Placement of sliding panel

Where would you put the sliding panel?

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Placement of sliding panel

Appearance is similar to buttons, but not identical

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Placement of sliding panel

Enough space for panel to look okay when it is visible

positioning text pictures
Positioning text & pictures

What can be improved?

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Positioning text & pictures

Photo size & alignment; text alignment

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Positioning text & pictures

Placement of both text and photos

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Positioning text & pictures

Alignment guides the eye; proximity shows relationships. Use of space: Avoid “crowding”

the end

The End

Presentation by Mindy McAdams

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