This blog is going to be the first entry of “Flash Schools and Flash Tutorials” series, which is aiming to systematically introduce and analyze flash in an unique way, focusing on the common issues that everybody should know, no natter you are a flash master or a beginner, and using very simple and easy-to-understand words.
The first chapter – Flash Introduction – includes two parts: What is Flash? And What is the Difference between Flash and Animated Images & Java?
What is flash?
Flash files are in the SWF format, traditionally called “ShockWave Flash(SWF)” movies, “Flash movies,” or “Flash games”, usually have a .swf file extension.
Flash is a multimedia graphics program specially for use on the Web.
Flash enables you to create interactive “movies” on the Web.
Flash uses vector graphics, which means that the graphics can be scaled easily to any size without losing clarity/quality.
Flash does not require programming skills and is easy to learn.
What is the Difference between Flash and Animated Images & Java?
All of them can be used to create dynamic and interactive effects on webpages, however, flash SWF stands out because of the following advantages:
SWF is faster loading than animated images because it was intentionally created small and light.
SWF is easy and smooth to compress.
SWF supports transparencies, allows interactivity and requires no programming skills.
Everything has two sides, flash SWF is the same. The major disadvantage of SWF is the compatibility. You can not play SWF videos properly unless you have Macromedia Flash installed on your computer.
For more info, please refer to my previous blog entry here.