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 … • Two solutions, each quite different
This button is not inside the movie clip (and notice the instance name of the button)
Inside the movie clip timeline, the script addresses the button instance up on the main Timeline (with _parent)
The script inside the movie clip timeline is different for each position (out, in) of the sliding panel
Sliding panel functionality • Now look at a very different solution that is equally as good …
On the timeline of the sliding panel movie clip, the whole panel is a button symbol
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 • 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 • 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 A different alignment changes everything
Placement of sliding panel Where would you put the sliding panel?
Placement of sliding panel Appearance is similar to buttons, but not identical
Placement of sliding panel Enough space for panel to look okay when it is visible
Positioning text & pictures What can be improved?
Positioning text & pictures Photo size & alignment; text alignment
Positioning text & pictures Placement of both text and photos
Positioning text & pictures Alignment guides the eye; proximity shows relationships. Use of space: Avoid “crowding”
The End Presentation by Mindy McAdams